RCFP releases annual report on threats to press freedom

Over the past year, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press helped thousands of journalists report the news in the face of increasing threats to press freedom. We’re excited to share this work with you in our newest ANNUAL REPORT.

There have been many significant headlines in the past year: a still-raging COVID-19 pandemic, an uncertain economic recovery, a swell of racial justice protests, a tumultuous election, and a violent uprising at our nation’s capital.

Journalists risked their lives to tell these stories — stories that helped us keep our loved ones safe, make sense of the numerous challenges facing our country, and cast informed votes that will shape our future.

Along the way, reporters confronted a wave of threats to press freedom, including physical attacks, arrests, libel lawsuits, and subpoenas. They fought through these threats in the pursuit of truth — to inform our communities and hold government officials accountable. And in many cases, they did so with the unwavering legal support from attorneys at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

This past year, we responded to journalists’ legal needs, quickly and effectively. You can read about our work in our newest annual report, available now on our website.

2020-2021 Annual Report

There will always be legal threats to press freedom, just as there are always more stories to be told. But with your steadfast commitment to our mission, we will continue to rise to the challenge. Thank you for your support.

Jennifer Pelton

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