Friday, October 11, 2013


Submitted by: Donald Hank

CPJ examines press freedom under Obama

Upcoming report looks at leak investigations and surveillance
New 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.

"Journalists 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."

"The 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."

CPJ's 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 BurmaChinaEgyptIranPakistan, 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 immigrant journalists.


  1. Donald Hank Comments: This is the first time in 19 years that CPJ has been led to investigate media suppression in the US and it is the very first time they have covered specifically a US administration! Now we are being compared to Burma, China, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, and Tanzania.
    Now some people who refused to see the gross interference with our Constitutional liberties may have their eyes opened about our Nobel prize winning White House resident.
    Let's spread this around.
    Don Hank


    CPJ's comprehensive investigation of threats to press freedoms under the Obama administration is its first on the U.S.

    1. Suzanne Short comments: Do you truly want our America's Media to be compared to Burma, China Egypt, Iran Pakistan, and Tanzania???? Please, Stand up for our America, for as you know we are on the BRINK of complete Desturction as Our America. I do thank Networks CBS and ABC for reporting the Truckers Ride FOR our CONSTITUTION.....I KNOW THE WASHINGTON POST AND TIMES DID REPORT THE GROUPS MARCH....ARE THERE ANY MORE OUT THERE WHO HAVE REPORTED OR WILL REPORT AND WHO WILL REQUEST THE RESIGNATION OF ALL THOSE WITHIN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE WHO ARE VOTING "YES" ON UNCONSTITUTIIONAL BILL TO PASS INTO LAW...AND OF COURSE THE MAN AT THE HEIGHT OF TREASONOUS OFFENSES, OBAMA THE ILLEGAL PRESIDENT.