Journalist Safety at the Border

Sources and Searches

The Committee to Protect Journalists has raised concerns over the use of secondary searches targeting journalists at U.S. borders, searches of their devices, and proposals to require social media account passwords as part of the visa application process. CPJ supports the rights of journalists to protect confidential information when submitting to customs and border control protocols worldwide, and is therefore concerned about policies that would undermine this right. That is why have joined the Fly Don't Spy campaign to oppose proposals to collect social media passwords from foreign visitors. Over the past year, CPJ has led a coalition of groups to engage with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on visa issues for journalists and searches at borders. We are committed to continue documenting these cases while ensuring journalists have the information they need to safely and securely cross international borders.


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