The United States is scheduled to hold presidential and congressional elections on November 3, 2020. Journalists covering elections and political rallies in the U.S. in recent years have been subjected to online and verbal harassment and even physical assault, CPJ has found.
CPJ Emergencies has compiled a safety kit for journalists covering the 2020 election that includes information for editors, reporters, and photojournalists on how to prepare for assignments and how to mitigate digital, physical, and psychological risk.
This specialized year-long election tracking project aims to collect press freedom aggressions from federal candidates and their teams in one searchable place.
If a reporter is denied access or removed from a federal campaign event, we’ll review on a case-by-case basis to determine if that particular incident implicates First Amendment concerns. We’ll take into account if the candidate had Secret Service protection, if the campaign is paid for by public funds, who was involved in the denial/removal decision, and any other relevant factors at our disposal.
We launched this blog in the belief that how candidates treat the press while campaigning may give us insight into how they would act as elected officials. From Nov. 3, 2019, until Election Day 2020, we’ll update this blog with relevant incidents from across the U.S., with the most recent news at top.