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Original analyses on press freedom trends and monthly incident roundups written by U.S. Press Freedom Tracker staff with features on First Amendment issues published by our partner organizations.

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  1. Incident snapshot 2-29-2024

    ‘He simply reported’

    A snapshot of all incidents documented in the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker so far this year

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    Kirstin McCudden
  2. A snapshot of press freedom aggressions across the U.S. in 2023

    ‘Icing out’ the press on the campaign trail

    A snapshot of press freedom aggressions across the U.S. in 2023, as documented by the Tracker. At least 45 journalists were assaulted while reporting, and 11 journalists and their outlets faced a publishing gag, the highest number of prior restraints in one year.

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    Written by
    Kirstin McCudden
  3. Members of the media, many here wearing gas masks with vests labeled “press,” document the events of Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

    Three years on, little justice for press assaulted on Jan. 6

    Three years after the failed attempt to halt the democratic process of counting electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021, the Department of Justice has charged more than 1,100 people with criminal activity that day. Yet it has charged only a few of those who committed assaults on journalists, attacked as they covered the rapidly escalating events in Washington, D.C.

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    Written by
    Kirstin McCudden