Journalism and COVID-19: Free Press Threatened

This page is part of Journalism and COVID-19: The Toll of a Pandemic, PEN America’s project covering the toll of the coronavirus crisis on the journalism industry in the United States. For “Free Press Threatened,” we looked at the various challenges and threats that journalists faced during the pandemic: attacks/harassment, censorship, denigration, restrictions on information, and risks to safety.

Last updated: March 30, 2021


Attacks & Harrassment



Restrictions on Information

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Gag Order or Privacy Concern?

Numerous institutions are telling professors not to talk about when students in their face-to-face…

Risks to Safety

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