Headlines about journalists in peril aren’t new.
From stories about assaulted reporters to journalists killed in the line of duty, being on the front lines of news gathering has never been easy. But with a changing political climate and what seems like growing public distrust of the media, the U.S. is still considered one of the safest places to report when it comes to global press freedom. And there hasn’t been a way to track hostile actions against journalists until this week.
Enter the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a site aiming to track and provide information about press violations in the U.S. As reported by WIRED, Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte, who made news when he body-slammed a Guardian reporter in May, was ordered to make a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists or CPJ. The organization used that money to fund the Freedom Tracker project, which is run by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Now, 20 press freedom groups are in support of the site’s goals to track incidents including equipment search and seizures, border stops and physical attacks against journalists in the U.S. The CPJ heads the site’s steering committee.
But is the press experiencing more scrutiny than before, and are reporter freedoms really under attack more now than in the past? Larry sits down with the managing editor of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker to find out more.
Peter Sterne, senior reporter at the Freedom of the Press Foundation and managing editor of U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a website that aims to track press freedom incidents within the U.S. including arrests, equipment seizures and border stops of journalists; he tweets @petersterne