Journalist arrests and press suppression have become so commonplace that the U.S. ranking in a prominent global press freedom index has plummeted 27 spots to number 47.
Since September 2011, more than 80 journalists have been arrested while covering the Occupy Wall Street movement and other protests. Through social media and original reporting, Free Press has tracked and verified these arrests.
Working with activists and journalists around the country, we are fostering a public debate about the need to protect the First Amendment in the digital age. We are also pressuring local leaders to safeguard press freedom in their cities.