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Covering Democracy: Protests, Police, and the Press

Reporters and photojournalists record the truth at protests and demonstrations, as peaceful or as violent as they may be. In recent years, despite constitutional protections, press freedom in the United States has been gradually eroding as attacks and arrests of journalists increase. The frequency of these incidents undermine fundamental rights at the heart of American democracy.

On 9/26, join us at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice for a documentary screening and discussion exploring these issues and questions:

  • How can we protect press freedom and the right to document future protests?
  • What are the main challenges facing press freedom in the US?
  • What are the ramifications of these trends in an established democracy?

This event was inspired by Covering Democracy: Protests, Police, and the Press, a report from the Knight First Amendment Institute written by Joel Simon — 2022-2023 Knight Institute senior visiting fellow and founding director of the Journalism Protection Initiative at the Newmark J-School.


If you are attending this event and have questions about accommodations and accessibility services, please reach out to [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the event.

“Covering Democracy” is co-sponsored by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, Freedom of the Press Foundation, The Committee to Protect Journalists, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and PEN America.