Since its founding in 1946, RTDNA has supported and defended the First Amendment. In today's climate of distrust and amid growing attacks on journalism, RTDNA is renewing its commitment to speak out for freedom of the press by establishing the Voice of the First Amendment Task Force.

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.
 





Opinion: This is why so many journalists are at risk today

Couple shot at while delivering newspapers in northern Idaho

Search for information continues in case of missing Washington Post columnist in Turkey

Media asks Tennessee high court to boost press protection

Reporter held in contempt of court, arrested for recording Chicago trial

Trump insults ABC News reporter, saying she 'never' thinks 

UPDATE: Judge dismisses contempt of court citation against Iowa journalist in 'Bachelor' case

Government can spy on journalists in the U.S. using invasive foreign intelligence process

A Trump effect at journalism schools? Colleges see a surge in admissions

Photojournalist covering DC protest 'decked' by police officer

New York Times enhances security following anonymous op-ed from White House 'senior official'

Florida candidate calls police on reporter

Trump lashes out after reports of 'quiet resistence' by staff

Trump suggests changes to libel laws over Woodward book

Man arrested after crashing truck into KDFW-TV building in downtown Dallas

NBC News' Chuck Todd: It's time for the press to stop complaining -- and to start fighting back

Opinion Column: Trump's latest rally rant is much more alarming and dangerous than usual

A Member Of Trump's Advance Team Blocked A Photographer From Taking A Picture Of A Protester

Man arrested for threatening to shoot, kill Boston Globe staffers: STORY | CRIMINAL COMPLAINT 

Body-cam vid shows Denver cops cuffed Indy editor as she photographed their badges

Trump has changed how teens view the news

Melania Trump joins president's attacks on media

Woman hits New Jersey reporter covering court hearing

Trump: 80 percent of news media is 'fake news'

Los Angeles AP reporter receives shooting threat

New York Times reporter threatened: 'Although the pen may be mightier than the sword, the pen is not mightier than the AK-47'

How a major Christian university censors its student newspaper, journalists

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from town hall

Boston Globe receives threat after anti-Trump editorial

NBC News crew assaulted while covering 'Unite the Right' counterprotest (CAUTION: OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE)

Former Milwaukee reporter pleads guilty to assaulting reporter from competing station

Can Trump's White House legally ban reporters?

Poll: 43% of Republicans want to give Trump the power to shut down media

C-SPAN caller threatens to shoot CNN hosts for allegedly calling Trump supporters 'racists'

NBC's Katy Tur confronts Trump over press: 'Do you have to put our lives in danger?'

Pastor at Trump rally asks God to protect President from 'jungle journalism'

New York Times opinion writer: Trump will have blood on his hands

Masked intruder shoots, wounds Madison, Wisc., radio disc jockey

White House press secretary declines to say press is not 'enemy of the people'

Trump trashes media as 'fake, disgusting news' at Pennsylvania rally

Detroit TV news crew, radio reporter attacked while covering story

City councilman threatens local reporter with dog in California

CNN's Jim Acosta: 'We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy.' (CAUTION: Foul language and images)

Chicago Sun-Times reporter assaulted by police while covering protest 

Press freedom victory: Mexican journalist Emilio Guiterrez released from ICE detention facility

VIDEO -- FOX News Channel's Shepard Smith: Journalists are not the enemy of the people

Former Fox News Exec Bill Shine oversees White House crackdown on press

Pentagon curbs media access

White House bans pool reporter from Rose Garden event

ABC News' Martha Raddatz: I reported alongside soldiers in foxholes. The president can't take that away

This is how ICE stops journalists from reporting on detained immigrants

With Trump in the White House, candidates who sound like him hit the campaign trail

Politicians are using fake news schemes to get elected

Judge orders Los Angeles Times to alter story

Homeland Security alert is a 'seed of fear'

Proposed law would turn drone journalism into a swarm of lawsuits

Trump disses CNN as 'fake' and calls Fox News 'real'

U.S. ranks 45th among nations on 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Police arrest woman for threatening to shoot Massachusetts journalist

News outlets may soon face negligent security lawsuits under 'fake news' era

Justice Department drops felony charges against journalist Aaron Cantu, others in Inauguration Day rioting case

Shots fired into Mobile, Alabama TV station; no injuries

Texas man arrested for threatening to burn down local TV station, assault GM

Albuquerque TV station goes dark due to intruder

Capital Gazette: 'Thank you. We will not forget.'

The newsroom is no longer a safe place

The war against the press comes to the local newsroom

Portland, Oregon, reporter harassed during live shots

High school educators crack down on student journalists

Five dead in 'targeted attack' at Capital Gazette newspaper

Miami reporter, photographer OK after being attacked

Government whistleblower gets five years in prison for leaking information on Russian meddling

CNN's Acosta accosted, then asked for selfies, at S.C. Trump rally

Tampa anchor is a victim of cyber-bullying

University in Missouri refuses to release results of investigation into the injuries of two basketball players

Trump administration tightens rules for federal scientists talking to reporters

Police arrest suspect for attempted murder of former Honolulu TV sports anchor

Pittsburgh paper fires longtime editorial cartoonist after dispute over Trump work 

Photojournalist arrested while covering protest in Missouri

Judge greenlights 'kill list' lawsuit involving journalist

After meeting with North Korean dictator, Trump calls press America's 'biggest enemy'

Customs and Border Protection agent faces inquiry after questioning reporter about her sources

Channel 13 Reporter Victim of Assault, Two Suspects Arrested

White House restricts US press access to summit

Shocked by Trump aggression against reporters and sources? The blueprint was drawn by Obama.

Justice Dept. Seizes Times Reporter’s Email and Phone Records in Leak Investigation

A HuffPost Reporter Was Bombarded With Threats. Twitter Suspended Him.

Independent journalist Zack Stoner shot and killed in Chicago

Texas principal censors paper, bans all editorials and ousts award-winning adviser

De Blasio echoes Trump as he calls news media 'pitiful' in emails with political firm advisers

With 'Spygate,' Trump shows how he uses conspiracy theories to erode trust

Trump Falsely says Times made up soure in report on Korea summit meeting

New York federal judge rules Trump may not block Twitter followers

EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants

Police officer strikes journalist in Puerto Rico

Kerry says civil discourse is under threat around the world

Justice Dept. charges Minnesota FBI agent for leaking secret document to news outlet

Trump muses about yanking news media credentials in response to negative coverage

Douglas Co. official blocks CBS46 Bulldog from talking to elected officials

Facing Journal lawsuit, judge lifts ban on contacting jurors

Detained journalist Gutierrez nets fellowship invite on World Press Freedom Day

Journalist killings in Afghanistan: 'An attack on the global media'

Justice Department removes 'press freedom' language in manual for deferal prosecutors

Why Trump Is Winning and the Press Is Losing

US falls to 45th on press freedom index, Trump labled 'media-bashing enthusiast'

Inside the Intense, Combative World of Covering the Trump White House

Trump pardoned a perjurer. How about helping a Mexican journalist who told the truth?

Police Union Tried To Block Publication Of NYPD Database

ABC 7 New York reporter punched in face while covering story

Journalist Manuel Duran, arrested while covering immigration protest, could be deported by ICE

Legislature could end use of cameras in Minnesota court rooms

Daily News reporter free after detention by State Police at Capitol

Reporter and photographer chased onto highway after trying to interview New Jersey funeral director

BET boots journalist from Michelle Obama conference

Journalists say arrest of Ottawa reporter is abnormal, unacceptable

San Diego Crew OK After Attack During Live Shot

Emails Warn Workers At Colorado Capitol Not To Speak To Press

US Air Force orders freeze on public outreach

LRSD Teacher Arrested for Criminal Trespass at TV Stations

Marine Corps bans journalist and veteran James LaPorta from Camp Lejeune base

Documentary journalist Nora Donaghy subpoenaed to testify before grand jury

New suit beefs up effort to free Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez from federal detention

NRA issues threatening video warning journalists 'your time is running out'

The dangers of the paper route

New York Post, media organizations sue to keep body cam footage public

Treasury blocks footage of hecklers at Mnuchin interview

Utah House passes 'noncompete' bill

Utah House panel votes to restrict reporters on House floor

Las Vegas judge orders Review-Journal and AP not to report on publicly-available autopsy report

Media companies sue for security videos from exterior of Stoneman Douglas building

Former White House aide Seb Gorka shoves Mediaite reporter at CPAC

California Highway Patrol officer stops local radio host, seizes his press pass

Commentary: Utah‘s HB241 would undermine the role of news in society

Hoax attempts against Miami Herald augur brewing war over fake, real news

NRA spokeswoman: "Many in legacy media love mass shootings"

Judge Rules News Publishers Violated Copyright by Embedding Tweets of Tom Brady Photo

Reporter found guilty of disorderly conduct in clash with police captured on video

Man bashes sign outside FOX 11 studios with crucifix he stole from church

Conservative radio host says he was fired for being critical of Donald Trump

‘Help Me Howard’ reporter attacked while trying to interview Bronx mechanic wielding baseball bat

What some reporters get wrong about the First Amendment  (Don't be that person - Know your rights)

CMS threatens to bar Modern Healthcare from press calls after reporter refuses to alter story

2017 was the most dangerous year ever for journalists. 2018 might be even worse.

Freedom of the Press Foundation will preserve Gawker’s archives

Jon Ziegler attacked by white nationalist protesters in Tennessee

White House aides shout down CNN’s Jim Acosta as he questions President Trump

Two TV Journalists Fight Grand Jury Subpoena After Interviewing Suge Knight in Prison

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’s ‘Fake News Awards’ could violate ethics rules

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
(Caution: Contains Offensive Language)

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

 

Subscribe to Voice of the First Amendment updates. Media companies, journalists, educators, students and members of the general public interested in supporting, or participating in the task force’s efforts, can contact us at pressfreedom@rtdna.org or call Executive Director Dan Shelley at 212-246-0398.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
         

RTDNA fights for journalists in courtrooms across the country

From Georgia to California to the Supreme Court in Washington, RTDNA has your back. Read our statement here.

RTDNA, press freedom groups, seek investigation into journalist’s disappearance

We need answers about Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance. Read our statement here.

The Constitution wasn't built in a day

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day, but we must uphold and grow its values every day. Read our statement here.

RTDNA, press groups launch #DefendPressFreedom campaign

Coalition launches campaign to encourage voters to ask candidates about press freedom. Read our statement here.

John McCain: A free press lion

Press freedom has lost an important advocate. Read our statement here.

RTDNA calls on anti-press Washington state lawmaker to resign from open records panel

Extreme anti-news media statements incompatible with fair open records arbitration. Read our statement here.

Defending the people's right to know

Journalists stand up for the public's right to a free press. Read our statement here.

Reporters Fight to Restore Trust in Media With On-Air Messages

Read our statement here.

RTDNA calls on members to join campaign defending press freedom

Broadcast & digital news outlets urged to join Boston Globe editorial campaign. Read our statement here.

Want to cover this state senator? Prepare to have her call the police

A Florida state Senator has reported an on-the-job reporter to police - again. Read our statement here.

President’s escalating anti-press rhetoric leading to dangerous territory

Escalating verbal attacks could lead to physical violence. Read our statement here.

Dan Shelley: After Trump's trip to Helsinki, journalists need to double-down on transparency and calling out opinion media

Read our statement here.

RTDNA joins amici letter in unconstitutional prior restraint case

Judge orders LA Times to remove information from article. Read our statement here.

Threats to journalists, while not new, take on more significance

News organizations must take threats seriously. Read our statement here.

RTDNA applauds key senators’ efforts to open Supreme Court to more transparency

RTDNA backs call for same day audio, also calls for live video transmissions. Read our statement here.

RTDNA, press groups urge EPA to respond to FOIA requests in more timely manner

Read our statement here.

RTDNA urges journalists to watch their backs, but don’t back down

Read our statement here.

RTDNA joins effort to get reprieve for Egyptian journalist possibly facing death penalty

Read our statement here.

RTDNA joins fight for news media access to migrant detention centers

Journalists must be able to independently report from detention facilities. Read our statement here.

RTDNA, press freedom groups file brief in case of journalist facing deportation

Read our statement here.

RTDNA, other press freedom groups, seek meeting with attorney general regarding secret seizure of journalist's phone, e-mail records

Read our statement here.

RTDNA protests Justice Department’s secret seizure of journalist’s phone, e-mail records

Department only notified reporter of its action after the fact. Read our statement here.

SPLC sends letter to Texas school district to stop censoring student media, 17 orgs including RTDNA sign on

Read our statement here.

Cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court are long overdue

It's time for government transparency. Read our statement here.

Important, but not final, victory for Mexican journalist detained in U.S.

Journalist Emilio Gutierrez gets a new asylum hearing. Read our statement here.

Missouri governor’s criminal trial proceeds in darkness

Denial of motion to allow cameras just one element of trial's secrecy. Read our statement here.

President threatens to rescind press credentials

Here we go again... Read our statement here.

RTDNA decries ‘no-cameras’ ruling in Missouri governor’s felony trial

People of Missouri have a right to access court proceedings. Read our statement here.

First Amendment needs allies beyond World Press Freedom Day

The press is decreasingly free, in the U.S. and around the world. Read our statement here.

U.S. slips on World Press Freedom Index

Another fissure in the erosion of the First Amendment. 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.
 
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