Today, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press joins more than 20 press freedom organizations announcing the launch of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States.
Led by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Freedom of the Press Foundation, the website will serve as a central repository for data at a time when journalists in the U.S. are facing increased hostility. The Reporters Committee serves on the steering committee for the website.
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker collects data based on news reports and tips submitted by journalists, professional organizations, and press freedom organizations. The coalition behind the tracker will use the research in letters, legal briefs, and advocacy campaigns.
Freedom of the Press Foundation is leading the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, with its senior reporter, Peter Sterne, serving as the managing editor. The Committee to Protect Journalists is providing the initial funding and chairing the steering committee. Along with the Reporters Committee, the steering committee also includes representatives from the Knight Institute at Columbia University, Reporters Without Borders, and Index on Censorship. Please find a full list of partners on the website.
From the FAQ:
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker adopts a functional definition of who is a journalist. It doesn’t matter whether the individual has a press pass or went to journalism school, whether they work for The New York Times or work for themselves. What matters is whether the person was performing an act of journalism. The tracker will count journalists whose rights to gather and disseminate information were violated in the course of their work or as a result of their work.
Direct to U.S. Press Freedom Tracker
See Also: List of All Partner Organizations
See Also: FAQ
Includes answer to, “Who does the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker count as a journalist?”
Read the Complete Launch Announcement