Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press looks at the United States

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press launched a four-part newsletter series on World Press Freedom Day, analyzing the state of press freedom in the United States.

Over the next few weeks, the Reporters Committee will share its analysis of the 2021 data from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, beginning with the big-picture takeaways from reported incidents of assaults and arrests of journalists.

Throughout the series, the Reporters Committee will drill down into some other interesting data points, offering analysis that connects the documented press freedom incidents with the organization’s broader body of legal work.

Launched in 2017 to document threats against press freedom nationwide, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is now supported by partners from over two dozen press freedom organizations, including the Reporters Committee.

As a member of the Tracker’s advisory board, the Reporters Committee has published detailed annual reports analyzing press freedom violations confirmed by Tracker researchers each year and highlighting the group’s work to protect journalists and the public’s right to access information.

You can find reports from 201720182019 and 2020 on the Reporters Committee website.

In the first installment, the Reporters Committee highlighted takeaways from last year’s reported incidents of assaults and arrests of journalists.

Subsequent parts analyze journalists’ efforts to hold police legally accountable for violating First Amendment freedoms; the impact of subpoenas on local journalists; and emerging threats to data journalism.

Part 1:

From Capitol riots to LA protests, 2021 was another dangerous year for press freedom in the US

Part 2:

When police target newsgathering, do journalists have a path to accountability?

Part 3:

Subpoena threats and their impact on local journalists trying to protect confidential sources

Part 4:

Data journalism wins some shelter, but still faces threats

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