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Deteriorating US press freedom sparks visit by IFEX members

Sparked by growing concerns about the climate for press freedom in the US, leaders of six international organisations—the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), IFEX, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), ARTICLE 19, Index on Censorship, and the International Press Institute (IPI)—will conduct a fact-finding visit to the country from 15 to 19 January. The mission includes participation in the Assessment of Press Freedom event at the Newseum on Wednesday, 17 January at 7:00 p.m. EST, in Washington, and meetings with high-level policymakers on 18 and 19 January.

Above is a recording of the Newseum's Assessment of Press Freedom event that took place on 17 January 2018.

Members of IFEX know from experience that efforts to control, degrade and disable a free press will always be met with great gestures of solidarity and resistance, and it will be no different in the U.S.
- Annie Game, IFEX Executive Director

What happens in the US affects us all. Our freedom to know, to criticize and to question those who hold power over us is reliant on the free flow of pluralistic and independent information. In our ever-smaller world, some domestic policies can be felt as keenly abroad as at home. The Trump trend of anger at the press is not just fodder for TV satire. It must be checked. We must all advocate for a flourishing plural and independent media landscape for the US and the world.

IFEX members routinely participate in missions to countries of concern for press freedom. The goal of this mission is to draw attention to the deterioration of press freedom in the US, as well as to promote solidarity among the global journalism community and their colleagues in the US.

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