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Journalists searched crossing US borders

Journalists traveling to the U.S. say they are being stopped by border agents, who demand passwords to laptops and smartphones, and search electronic devices in a move that puts sources at risk. Canadian photojournalist Ed Ou says agents detained him for six hours in early December, briefly confiscated his equipment, and denied him entry. An advisory from CPJ's Emergencies Response Team gives information for journalists planning to cross the border, including what to expect and how to secure their electronic devices.

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Blog   |   USA

Security risk for sources as U.S. border agents stop and search journalists

Travelers wait for a security check at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in November. Journalists traveling to the U.S. can face searches that can risk the confidentiality of their sources. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

French-American photojournalist Kim Badawi did not go home to Texas for Thanksgiving this year. He didn't want to risk a repeat of November last year, when he says U.S. border security detained him at Miami airport and interrogated him in minute detail about his private life, political views, and journalistic sources.

Letters   |   USA

CPJ writes to Pence, seeks meeting with Trump Administration

CPJ writes to Vice-President-elect Mike Pence to seek a meeting to discuss our concerns and recommendations for guaranteeing First Amendment values under the Trump Administration.

Impact   |   Pakistan, Turkey, USA

CPJ Highlights: November edition

Note to our readers: CPJ plans to intensify our documentation of press freedom violations in the United States, following the election on November 8, 2016, of Donald Trump as president. During his campaign, Trump verbally attacked journalists, restricted access, threatened lawsuits, and promised to make legal action against the media easier under his administration.

We will have more details in next month's edition.

November 11, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Alerts   |   USA

U.S. documentary filmmakers face prison for filming protest

A March 14, 2014, file photo shows a warning sign outside facility of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska. (Reuters/Lane Hickenbottom)

New York, October 20, 2016--Prosecutors in the U.S. states of North Dakota and Washington should drop all charges against three independent documentary filmmakers arrested while filming environmental activists interfering with oil pipelines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Statements   |   USA

North Dakota court to review rioting charge against Amy Goodman

Journalist Amy Goodman, pictured at an event in 2012, is facing a charge of rioting after covering protests in September. (AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

New York, October 17, 2016--A U.S. court is due today to review a charge of rioting filed against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, who filmed security guards using dogs and pepper spray to disperse protesters on September 3. The charge against the host of global news program Democracy Now! was filed October 14 by North Dakota attorney Ladd Erickson, according to reports. An earlier charge of criminal trespassing was dropped, reports said.

Statements   |   USA

CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom

Donald Trump speaks with reporters after the first presidential debate in September. Journalists are among the groups attacked by the Republican nominee during his campaign. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

New York, October 13, 2016--The chairman of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Sandra Mims Rowe, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:

Guaranteeing the free flow of information to citizens through a robust, independent press is essential to American democracy. For more than 200 years this founding principle has protected journalists in the United States and inspired those around the world, including brave journalists facing violence, censorship, and government repression.

Alerts   |   USA

Arrest warrant for muckraking U.S. journalist

Roughly 1000 people gather to protest the construction of a pipeline near land reserved for Native Americans in the U.S. state of North Dakota, September 10, 2016. Authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of broadcast journalist Amy Goodman on trespassing charges in connection with her coverage of the protest. (AP/James MacPherson)

New York, September 12, 2016 -- Prosecutors in the U.S. state of North Dakota should immediately drop all criminal charges against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Goodman, who hosts the global news program Democracy Now!, faces criminal trespass charges in connection with her reporting on protests against the construction of an oil pipeline opposed by Native American tribes in the region.

Alerts   |   Turkey, USA

Freelance journalist Lindsey Snell detained in Turkey after leaving Syria

New York, September 1, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Turkish authorities today to release Lindsey Snell, an American freelance journalist who has been detained since August 7 after traveling to Turkey from Syria, where she said she had been filming.

Alerts   |   Security, USA

Pentagon's revised Law of War Manual recognizes role of independent journalists

Washington, July 22, 2016--The Pentagon no longer considers journalists operating independently of U.S. military forces as potential spies, terrorists, or saboteurs, according to U.S. military officials who have rewritten the military's Law of War Manual.

Blog   |   USA

CPJ testimony on threats to press freedom at Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Today, at a hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney C. Radsch gave testimony on the threats to freedom of expression.

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