Press Freedom in the US and Around the World
This week the Associated Press announced that the Justice Department had seized phone records for over twenty AP lines over a two-month period, sparking outrage from journalists across the nation. The Justice Department says it needed the records because it was investigating “whether an unauthorized leak led to an AP report in May last year about an operation, conducted by the CIA and allied intelligence agencies, that stopped a Yemen-based al Qaeda plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airplane,” wrote Reuters.
The incident has once again ignited the debate in the United States about how First Amendment rights should be treated in light of national security issues. But we’re not the only country that debates press freedom and the role of the media in today’s world. Pulitzer Center-supported journalists report on issues in journalism from across the world:
- Amanda Ottaway