About this report
This non-exhaustive study of threats to media freedom in the United States researched over 150 publicly reported incidents involving journalists. It uses the criteria developed for and employed by Mapping Media Freedom, Index on Censorship’s project launched in May 2014 that monitors the media landscape in 42 European and neighboring countries. This survey reviewed media freedom violations that occurred in the United States between June 30, 2016, and February 28, 2017.
Reports were submitted by a team of researchers. Each incident was then fact-checked by Index on Censorship against multiple sources.
Index on Censorship is a UK-based nonprofit that campaigns against censorship and promotes freedom of expression worldwide. Founded in 1972, Index has published some of the world’s leading writers and artists in its award-winning quarterly magazine, including Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Samuel Beckett and Kurt Vonnegut. Index promotes debate, monitors threats to free speech and supports individuals through its annual awards and fellowship program.
Author: Sally Gimson
Editor: Sean Gallagher
Research: Hannah Machlin,
Elise Thomas, Amanda James,
Laura Stevens, Alex Gibson,
Gary Dickson, Courtney Manning, Madeline Domenichella
Ryan McChrystal, Melody Patry, Atticus O’Brien-Pappalardo,
Esther Egbeyemi, Samuele Volpe, Jemimah Steinfeld
Illustrations: Eva Bee
Design: Matthew Hasteley