CPJ issues first-ever report on press freedom in the United States

Barack Obama leaves a press conference in the East Room of the White House August 9. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Josh Stearns says,

The Committee to Protect Journalists just released their first ever report on press freedom in the US. For those who have followed the administration’s policies, court cases and actions related to leaks and the press, the report doesn’t contain a lot of new information. What it does is weave together each of the cases and strategies the administration has pursued, surfacing key themes and illustrating that these examples are not aberrations, but part of a coordinated strategy. Presenting this bigger picture reframes the debate over press freedom in America and reminds us that we need to demand a major course correction. Here is my take on the report and what is missing.