report looks at leak investigations and surveillance
York, September 30, 2013--
The Committee to Protect
Journalists will release its first comprehensive report on press
freedom conditions in the United States. Leonard Downie Jr.,
former Washington Post executive editor and now the Weil Family
Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of
Journalism and Mass Communication, is the author. The report will be released at
the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on October 10.
working in the United States have told us that their work has become more
difficult as aggressive leak investigations and prosecution have chilled certain
kinds of reporting," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "Given his
experience as both an academic and media professional, Len Downie is the right
person to look at these complex issues with clarity and purpose."
fact that the Committee to Protect Journalists felt compelled to investigate the
U.S. government's treatment of the press is a remarkable statement here in the
home of the First Amendment," said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. "U.S.
government tactics are increasingly impeding journalists' work and placing a
chill on newsgathering that could endanger our democracy."
comprehensive investigation of threats to press freedoms under the Obama
administration is its first on the U.S. The organization issues about a
half-dozen special reports annually on the state of press freedom in selected
countries. So far in 2013, CPJ has completed reports on Burma, China, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, and Tanzania. The only time the United States has been the subject
of a CPJ report was 19 years ago. That report was limited to attacks on