Report: More than 50 journalists arrested or detained while on the job in the US in 2021

The 56 journalists arrested or detained in the United States in 2021 approaches the combined totals of 2017, 2018, and 2019 — an alarming indicator of the state of press freedom, according to a new report released by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.

Another record year for press-freedom violations in the US

While we did not see the scope of national social-justice protests of 2020—a year in which journalists were arrested or assaulted on average more than once a day—2021 still outpaced the years before it for press-freedom violations. We systematically capture this data in the US Press Freedom Tracker, where Freedom of the Press Foundation, in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists and other press freedom groups, has documented aggressions against journalists in the United States since 2017.

Five years of Secure The News

In 2016, Freedom of the Press Foundation launched Secure The News to track and grade HTTPS adoption by news organizations. Today, five years later, we’re happy to say that its goals have been largely achieved, and we are retiring the project while archiving and preserving its historical data.

More than 60 journalists have sued police after protest arrests or assaults

More than 60 journalists have sued police after arrests or assaults at protests, according to new analysis from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. That total amounts to 82% of the lawsuits filed by journalist or media outlet plaintiffs against public officials.

Investigate Customs and Border Protection for illicit investigations of journalists

New reporting into a government operation codenamed "Operation Whistle Pig" describes a shocking level of invasion into the personal and private lives of journalists. In blockbuster reporting, Yahoo News describes the actions of the Counter Network Division, a secretive unit of U.S. Customs and Border Protection that works with law enforcement and the intelligence community.

Assange to face extradition from United Kingdom: Freedom of the Press Foundation responds

A UK appeals court has allowed the United States to proceed in its extradition of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, overturning an earlier ruling that denied prosecutorial efforts based on the inhumane conditions of the American prison system.

Statement on the extension of prior restraint order against New York Times Project Veritas reporting

Today's decision to allow this prior restraint of New York Times publishing to continue — and to restrict the paper's reporters from engaging in common newsgathering activities besides — is a shameful development. It is a cornerstone of speech law in this country that any prior restraint, even a very temporary one, is constitutionally permissible only in the most extreme scenarios. As the Times noted in its briefing on the issue, the result has been that such an order has not been entered against it since the Pentagon Papers case some 50 years ago.

Prior restraint order in New York Times case on Project Veritas materials

A trial court judge has ordered The New York Times to stop disseminating information related to Project Veritas, in a shocking act of both prior restraint and restriction on protected newsgathering activities. Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, cited the Pentagon Papers case in calling the ruling "unconstitutional" and noting that it "sets a dangerous precedent." We agree.

Why the FBI raid of Project Veritas is concerning for press freedom

The FBI raid of James O'Keefe is a troubling development for press freedom. That the potential story was not a blockbuster public interest investigation, and that O’Keefe and Project Veritas have a long history of deception and manipulation, do not change that fact.

Press freedom coalition calls for end to Assange prosecution, after shocking reporting on CIA misconduct

The United States prosecution of Julian Assange is a threat to press freedom around the globe. A coalition of more than two dozen press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights groups is demanding the charges be dropped.