Coalition supports bill to protect journalists from physical attack

Statement of Rick Blum, Director, News Media for Open Government   In these deeply polarized times, the demand for credible, reliable news and information about what the government is doing in the public’s name has never been higher. Telling important stories that help citizens make informed choices for our communities and our nation is more vital than ever. Journalists certainly have thick skin, but it is clear those who inform the public are under threat. Dozens of physical assaults on journalists doing their jobs were documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker in 2017. Online harassment of journalists has included [More]