The goals of the task force include not only reacting to threats to First Amendment Freedoms, but proactively supporting journalists and educating the public about the importance of a free press to our democracy. The task force is a collaborative effort with broadcast and digital journalism companies, like-minded media associations and others to provide a vigorous defense for the First Amendment, news media access and to combat the growing vitriol toward journalism in the current divisive political and ideological environment.
RTDNA and its Voice of the First Amendment Task Force has joined more than 20 press freedom organizations in launching the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States. The site serves as a repository for data at a time when journalists in the U.S. are facing obstruction, threats, hostility, legal charges, assault, and other forms of harassment.
Man arrested, accused of threatening to kill CNN employees
Speakers protest detention of Mexican journalist on press freedom, moral, legal grounds
Trump Calls for Crowing King of Fake News
Trump Renews Pledge to ‘Take a Strong Look’ at Libel Laws
Trump lawyer files lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over dossier
Border inspections of electronic devices hits record number
National Press Club effort to free Mexican journalist reaches 'crucial phase'
Trump lawyer sends cease-and-desist to Michael Wolff publisher
Sheriff David Clarke temporarily blocked on Twitter after violating terms of service
Iowa justice blocks newspaper from reporting court records
‘This is unprecedented’: Public colleges limiting journalist access
Washington Post reporters barred from Roy Moore election night party
Mexican journalist seeking asylum in U.S. nearly deported
Nydia Tisdale acquitted of felony charge, guilty of misdemeanor obstruction
Paul Ryan’s GOP challenger tells columnist to ‘eat a bullet'
Judge embroiled in Indiana press freedom dispute accused of sexual harrasment
New York City Council member abruptly limits access for City Hall reporters
EPA Kicks Out InsideSources Reporter From Event With Administrator Scott Pruitt
Tribune reporter carjacked in Chicago
Donald Trump’s “Fake News” Tactics
Journalist Who Told Laquan McDonald’s Story Faces Fight Over Sources
Ben Jacobs sends cease and desist letter to Greg Gianforte
Roy Moore supporter accosts cameraman at rally
Trump attacks media in his first post-Thanksgiving tweet
If cops can get phone data without a warrant, it could be a nightmare for journalists — and sources
Greg Gianforte misled police after assault of Guardian journalist, incident report shows
Roy Moore supporters call journalists part of a 'mob,' 'disgraceful'
Robocall Impersonating Washington Post Reporter Pretends To Seek Dirt On Roy Moore
North Dakota files objection to extended courtroom media coverage
New York Times photographer tweets ‘photo’ of black box to protest White House coverage blackout
Chris Wallace: Donald Trump Behind Most Sustained Press Assault In Our History”
In China, Trump continues war on media by bowing to demand for no questions from reporters
Maine anchor says a viewer harrassed him becase of his sexual orientation
Vermont TV station evacuated after bomb threat
“This is political”: CNN sees Trump’s hand in Justice Department’s merger crackdown
Buffalo lawmakers seek to contain reporters
Media files lawsuit against Las Vegas police for public records in 1 October shooting
Are billionaires who own news outlets good or bad for journalism?
Reporter access curtailed at Capitol after protest
Appeals court upholds judges' right to suppress audio records
Democratic-leaning journalist arrested at Virginia GOP campaign event
Knife-wielding man chases two tv reporters, city council candidate in Yakima
U.N. rights expert assails Trump administration on press treatment
Don Lemon files police report over Twitter death threat
Republican official 'would have shot' Guardian reporter attacked by Gianforte
Indiana lawmaker drafts bill to license journalists
Soap opera actor slaps reporter in the face on red carpet
Trump doubles down on broadcast license threats
New York Press Club issues statement on Mayor's closed-door meeting
NYPD insincere about transparency
The most difficult place in America to practice journalism
Four more journalists arrested in St. Louis
Can the First Amendment save us?
When a journalist is arrested covering a protest, what should the news outlet do?
UT Austin journalist assaulted while covering protest
Appeals court nixes TV coverage of key arguments on LGBT rights
Student journalists among those attacked by police in St. Louis
GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda
Journalists detained in St. Louis protests
Michigan journalist assaulted while recording protestors
Protesters threaten St. Louis TV reporter, toss water at him
Sessions seeks leak investgation rule change
Missouri blogger assaulted at his home
Louisville TV station fights warrant for reporter's notes, video in officer shooting
Charge dismissed against arrested West Virginia journalist
KTVU anchor: 'I experienced hate firsthand' at Berkeley rally
'We were targets because we had cameras' at Antifa rally
Judge orders tech co. to release user data from anti-Trump website
Trump portrays journalists as anti-American enemy
Media lets loose its fury after Trump attacks
Court ruling could affect future media lawsuits
White supremacist threatens Afro-Latina anchor
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White House still holding back visitor information
Trial set for Iowa reporter who recorded 'Bachelor' hearing
CNN won't air Trump 'president's enemies' campaign ad without changes
First Amendment assault could have ramifications for press freedom
Journalist targeted by Fox News anchor threatens sanctions if $50M suit isn't dropped
The lawyers who shut down Gawker go after another online news organization
ACLU sues governors, president, for blocking social media followers
Kushner, Secret Service try to force reporter to delete recording
NRA tells New York Times, 'We're Coming For You'
Bullet goes through Vermont reporter's window
Some leaks considered good, others bad
R. Kelly 'cult' story almost never ran
'Fake news' tactics disrupt newsgathering
WH asks Correspondents Association to criticize reporter
Maine Governor suggests making up stories to mislead media
Springfield, MO city council's method to fill open seat may have violated open meeting law
President appears to promote violence against CNN with tweet
San Antonio prosecutor excludes paper from news conference
Indiana judge blocks broadcast of hearing, station appeals
Two journalists arrested at Twin Cities protest
CNN chief blames Trump for threats against reporters
Reporter handcuffed for taking pictures
Senate Republicans crack down on press access
Gianforte pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault
Gianforte apologizes to Jacobs for attack
Windows shattered by bullets at Kentucky newspaper
Texas governor jokes about shooting reporters
Senate candidate who punched reporter in 1981 says he'd do it again
Congressional candidate allegedly 'body slams' reporter
Iowa judge sets tight rules in celebrity case
Tampa mayor jokes about firing weapon at media
Indiana judge bars broadcast of courtroom recording
FCC guards eject reporter for asking questions
West Virginia police arrest reporter for asking questions
Las Vegas news photographer arrested during protest
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Eight journalists enter 2018 facing criminal charges
Journalists are facing possible fines and jail time just for doing their jobs. Read our statement here.
Trump puts journalists in a world of s&!%
Newsrooms faced an ethical and possibly legal conundrum. Read our statement here.
RTDNF announces 2018 First Amendment Award honorees
28th annual awards recognize First Amendment Champions. Read our statement here.
In two days Trump first champions, then assaults, First Amendment
A rare public meeting was followed by a call for libel review. Read our statement here.
2018: The year ahead for press freedom
Attacks on the press may continue, but so will those of us pursuing responsible journalism. Read our statement here.
Urgent! Save Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez
Award-winning journalist faces deportation tantamount to a death sentence. Read our statement here.
RTDNA calls on Iowa Supreme Court to reverse prior restraint order
Justice forbade reporter from publishing legally obtained documents. Read our statement here.
Thank you, Sen. McCain, for standing up for a free press
McCain encouraged President Trump to stop his attacks on responsible journalism. Read our statement here.
Responsible journalism wins in Alabama
But the war is far from over. Read our statement here.
RTDNA’s action against threatening t-shirt sparks First Amendment debate
First Amendment right or crossing a line? Read our statement here.
Walmart pulls threatening shirt at RTDNA's urging
'Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED' shirt removed from Walmart.com. Read our statement here.
Mexican journalist faces possible ‘death sentence’ from U.S. government
Journalist facing death threats in Mexico denied asylum. Read our statement here.
Journalist on trial in DC for doing his job
Live streamer faces multiple felony charages in incident captured on video. Read our statement here.
Alabama Senate race: A preview of 2018
Attacks on journalists are the result of enhanced anti-news media vitriol. Read our statement here.
A First Amendment victory in St. Louis
Federal court orders police to change their tactics when dealing with protests. Read our statement here.
Attorney General again refuses to say he won’t go after journalists
RTDNA urges journalists not to be intimidated by threats to press freedom Read our statement here.
This may be the most serious Trump threat to press freedom yet
What other steps might the president take in the future to go after responsible journalism? Read our statement here.
Facts about 'fake news'
How news organizations can help news consumers practice media literacy Read our statement here.
Idaho court strikes again
Judges deny cameras in courts with no explanation. Read our statement here.
RTDNA calls for review of press freedom in St. Louis
City of St. Louis should review press freedom during investigations into police conduct. Read our statement here.
RTDNA files amicus brief in case involving the 9/11 hijackers
It is in the public interest for the FBI to release documents in the case. Read our statement here.
New problems, some rays of hope, in First Amendment fight
It has been a head-spinning week for press freedom. Read our statement here.
RTDNA condemns presidential threat to go after networks’ ‘license’
President's threat is a misunderstanding of the federal government's role. Read our statement here.
The most dangerous place to be a reporter in America: St. Louis
RTDNA calls on police to ensure journalists are not arrested for doing their jobs. Read our statement here.
RTDNA urges senators to ignore call to investigate journalists
Such an investigation would be a clear violation of the First Amendment. Read our statement here.
Maria recovery prompts new round of presidential ‘fake news’ claims
It is never too late to speak out against officials shooting the messengers. Read our statement here.
Twelve and counting…
A dozen journalists face criminal charges for doing their jobs. Read our statement here.
Watch: Know your reporting rights
Learn when not to back down in our live Free Speech Week discussion. Read our statement here.
The First Amendment assault you may not have heard about
State legislatures attempt to put restrictions on people's right to express their beliefs. Read our statement here.
RTDNA demands charges against St. Louis reporter be dropped
Reporter arrested, allegedly assaulted while covering protest. Read our statement here.
Watch RTDNA's Free Speech Week discussion on reporters' rights:
Since launching the effort, RTDNA has been working with leaders in the industry and other constituencies to assess the problem and to form strategies that will ensure that the public’s right, and need, to know what is going on in their communities, their states and their nation is protected and thrives.
Spearheading the effort is RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley, who described the task force’s early findings in Washington, D.C., at a forum organized by the National Press Club's Journalism Institute as part of its press freedom initiative.
Shelley told the panel that RTDNA members across the country are seeing an enhanced level of public vitriol in reaction to the pervasive “fake news” and “enemy of the people” rhetoric that has become even more widespread since the 2016 presidential election.
Watch his full comments:
In response to the feedback the task force has received so far, RTDNA is putting together a plan to, among other things, help the public understand that journalists work hard every day to provide, according to Shelley, “outstanding examples of what I call responsible electronic and digital journalism.”
The RTDNA Voice of the First Amendment Task Force continues to seek input and develop its comprehensive approach to public education about the importance of journalism, and to combat in other ways the contempt that many elected officials and members of the public have for it.