New website tracks press freedom violations in United States

03 August 2017

Coalition of more than 20 organizations launches nonpartisan U. S. Press Freedom Tracker

Today, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press joins more than 20 press freedom organizations announcing the launch of the U. S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States.

"The U. S. Press Freedom Tracker will help us demonstrate to courts, using data, the very real threats to newsgathering that we’re seeing," said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. "By cataloguing these incidents publicly and in real-time, we hope that policymakers and courts take notice and hold those who would attempt to infringe upon freedom of the press accountable."

Led by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Freedom of the Press Foundation, the website will serve as a central repository for data at a time when journalists in the U.S. are facing increased hostility. The Reporters Committee serves on the steering committee for the website.

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