U.S. Press Freedom Tracker


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.


  1. 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.

    Written by
    Kirstin McCudden
  2. A copy of the Capital Gazette is displayed in a newspaper box the day after a gunman killed five people and injuring several others at the publication's offices in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 29, 2018.

    Capital Gazette newsroom targeted in mass shooting

    Nine journalists and two sales associates were present in the Capital Gazette newsroom when a gunman shot his way into the newspaper's offices. Five were killed: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

    Written by
    Stephanie Sugars