Celebrating 5 years since launch of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Today marks five years since we launched the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a project of Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists.In our six …

In its quest to censor war reporting, the Russian government has dismantled all semblance of press freedom

Journalists at independent news outlets in Russia have been arrested, raided, censored, and forced to flee in the past week.

Don’t get lost in the Trump raid debates. The oft-abused Espionage Act is in dire need of reform

Misguided debates around the Espionage Act have led to a flood of misinformation about what the often-abused law actually does in practice. Left unchecked, it will have a lasting effect on important reform efforts.

Congress has a historic chance to protect journalists and whistleblowers in this year’s defense authorization bill

For years, DOJ has abused the Espionage Act against whistleblowers and journalists. A new bill could potentially change that.

Supreme Court ruling limits paths for journalists to hold federal officers accountable

In a Supreme Court term packed with controversial cases, one of the more-overlooked rulings has alarmed press freedom advocates as it gutted the legal mechanism used to hold federal officers liable for violating individuals’ constitutional rights.

The extradition of Julian Assange must be condemned by all who believe in press freedom

Regardless of your feelings on Assange, the U.S. indictment against him will criminalize common newsgathering practices used by countless journalists.

Exploiting tragedy: Police in Uvalde and Buffalo clamp down on free press

Police have used the aftermath of mass shootings to restrict press access and threaten arrest of journalists on the ground, according to recent reporting by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. In each of those cities, as tragedy unfolded and reporters began working, they have faced unnecessary hurdles erected by law enforcement and public officials.

Why press protections need legislative teeth, in DOJ’s own words

We’ve repeatedly argued that legislation is necessary to resolve questions about when the Department of Justice media guidelines apply and to provide accountability in case of violations. So, what kind of accountability is there now?

US Press Freedom Tracker Data now available on the decentralized web via IPFS

As a proof of concept, we're now also publishing the Press Freedom Tracker’s incident database on the decentralized web.

Secret Justice Dept. subpoena drives home the need for a strong journalist shield law

With a reporter surveillance scandal of its own embroiling Biden’s Department of Justice, it’s now more important than ever for his administration to throw its weight behind passing a journalist shield law such as Senator Ron Wyden’s PRESS Act.