US press freedom report launched to mark World Press Freedom Day

A joint report on press freedom in the USA launched on World Press Freedom Day shows that journalists and news organisations in the USA ‘face a range of intensifying challenges that threaten their right to freedom of the press’. The report is based on a press freedom mission to the USA in January, which included CPJ, IFEX, Article 19, Index on Censorship, International Press Institute, and Reporters Without Borders. Although it notes that the US media is one of the best protected in the world, the Article 19 Press Release states that ‘It shows that President’s Trump’s attacks on the media, via his Twitter account and in press conferences, are exacerbating an already hostile environment for journalists in the US’.