Journalism Advocates Join In Tracking Trump-Era Attacks On The Press (Huffington Post)
02 Aug 2017

Jenni Monet, one of a half-dozen journalists arrested this year covering the Standing Rock pipeline protests in North Dakota, recalled being verbally abused by police during her 30-hour detention, including hours in a freezing garage. Monet’s ordeal received some coverage at the time, but less than anti-press incidents in media-saturated cities or on the presidential campaign trail. And it’s been tough to sustain attention, even though the freelance journalist’s story is far from over. Monet, who spoke via video chat to reporters last week in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ office, is scheduled to go to trial next year, charged with trespassing and rioting. Cases like Monet’s, said Committee to Protect Journalists senior researcher Alex Ellerbeck, illustrate why the group is partnering with more than 20 other journalism organizations to launch the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, which will assemble the details in one place, allowing users to search all press-freedom incidents in the United States. Nineteen journalists have been arrested in the U.S. this year, including several during inauguration protests in Washington in January. Read the full article

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