Groups Form Alliance to Protect Press Freedoms
The Protect Press Freedom campaign emphasizes the sacrifices journalists make
As the 2020 election season kicks into high gear, a coalition of journalism groups and publishers are kicking off a new campaign highlighting the risks that reporters and editors often face in doing their jobs.
Protect Press Freedom, led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Committee to Protect Journalists, brings together more than 30 nonprofit groups, technology companies, and media outlets—including big names like The Washington Post, NPR, Facebook, Comcast-NBCUniversal, and The New York Times. The goal? To make clear to the public the need to be informed, and the often difficult role the press plays in that endeavor.
The new program, including the above ad, comes amid a recent history that has seen journalists increasingly targeted by U.S. politicians. According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, 31 journalists have been attacked in physical altercations in 2019, while other issues, including denial of press access, arrests, and border detainment, have also happened frequently this year. Business issues have also been a challenge, with major publications, such as Deadspin, facing internal conflicts with management that impeded their ability to function.
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