US Press Freedom Tracker

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Leak prosecutions under Trump chill national security beat

March 6, 2019 3:08 PM ET

When President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, was asked at his confirmation hearing in January whether he would ever consider jailing a journalist, Barr paused for about eight seconds, then said he could "conceive of a...

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Journalists covering protests in US risk getting caught up in police kettling tactic

March 15, 2018 3:18 PM ET

On September 17 last year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk was covering protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the killing in 2011 of man named Anthony Lamar Smith. At about 11 p.m., officers formed...

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The president's phantom threats

February 15, 2018 4:01 PM ET

During his tumultuous campaign, Donald Trump declared war on the press, pledging to "open up our libel laws" and impose fines on critical journalists if elected. Within a month of taking office, he vowed to go after leakers, comparing...

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