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CPJ calls on US government to give journalists access to border detention facilities

New York, March 23, 2021 — The United States Department of Homeland Security must allow journalists access to detention facilities and Border Patrol activities along the U.S.- Mexico border, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, D.H.S. and Border Patrol officials have barred all members of the press from entering detention facilities,…

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US plans to restrict foreign journalist visas would be chilling, must be scrapped

We hadn’t even finished unpacking our belongings from my assignment in Africa when the phone rang. It was a fellow journalist warning me that the director of Israel’s Government Press Office had just gone on national radio to say he intended to summon me to complain about a story. My wife looked at me anxiously….

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CPJ, RCFP and other organizations urge DHS to drop proposed visa changes for foreign journalists in U.S.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 36 other media organizations yesterday submitted joint comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging the department to drop or revise proposed changes to I visas, which are granted to members of the foreign media working in the United States….

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US federal law officers attack journalists covering protests in Portland

New York, July 24, 2020 – U.S. federal law enforcement agencies must ensure that journalists can cover protests freely, and must refrain from attacking members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. “All law enforcement agencies must stop using aggressive tactics against journalists covering protests in the United States,” said CPJ Program…

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A U.S. Department of Homeland Security officer checks passports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 15, 2020. The department recently imposed new restrictions on Chinese nationals working as journalists in the United States. (Reuters/Teresa Barbieri)

U.S. imposes new visa restrictions on Chinese journalists in retaliatory measure

Washington, D.C., May 11, 2020 — In response to new visa restrictions imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security against Chinese nationals working as journalists in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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CPJ calls on Trump to improve press freedom in US

CPJ writes the White House about actions by the Trump administration that threaten news media and impede the free flow of information on issues of great public interest. We cite specifically regular statements that delegitimize the role of the press; retaliation against journalists for critical coverage; prosecutions that equate leaking classified documents to the press with espionage; the harassment of journalists at U.S. borders; and limitations on access to information.

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official is seen at the Santa Fe border crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on February 24, 2019. CPJ recently joined a letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the targeting of journalists at the U.S. border. (Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

CPJ joins letter urging Trump administration to address targeting of journalists at border

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined more than 100 human rights and press freedom groups in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials expressing deep concern over recent actions by the department’s law enforcement agencies–Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement–that threaten the…

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TSA policy change could compound security concerns for journalists in transit

On Sunday, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Devices that cannot be powered on will be barred from the aircraft, and passengers in possession of such devices may also be subjected to additional screening.…

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