Reporters Without Borders (RSF), RTDNA and 20 other organizations are teaming up to launch the #DefendPressFreedom campaign which is aimed at encouraging voters to ask their congressional candidates in the United States midterm elections where they stand on press freedom.
On June 28th, 2018 one of the most horrific attacks on press freedom in the US unfolded when five employees, including four reporters, were killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. This shooting did not happen in a vacuum: open hostility against journalists is on the rise in the US.
Assaults against reporters, photojournalists, and media workers are becoming more and more commonplace across the US.
“Too often, today’s candidates and elected officials disparage, lash out at, obstruct and even attack journalists working to keep the public informed about how those officials are conducting the public’s business,” says RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley. “RTDNA and our partners are encouraging voters to remind their congressional candidates that they are responsible to the people and that upholding press freedom is a crucial mechanism for accountability.”
You can learn more about the campaign by visiting the #DefendPressFreedom webpage.