Peter Sterne

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Peter Sterne is a senior reporter at the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He runs the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a website that aims to comprehensively track all press freedom incidents — including arrests of journalists, equipment seizures, border stops, and subpoenas of news organizations — in the United States. Peter previously worked as a media reporter at Politico, covering the print and digital media industries. Before that, he studied cultural anthropology at Columbia University and interned at the New York Observer and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Articles

America's 'Official Secrets Act' — the long, sad history of the 100 year-old Espionage Act

The Espionage Act is used to prosecute whistleblowers and threaten journalists. This is its history. 

How the Espionage Act morphed into a dangerous tool used to prosecute sources and threaten journalists

The Espionage Act is a draconian statute used to stifle press freedom for decades. 

Obama used the Espionage Act to put a record number of reporters' sources in jail, and Trump could be even worse

Will the Trump administration use the Espionage Act to prosecute reporters?