Three years ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists established a new initiative to combat nations that treat the death of journalists with impunity. Some 13 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America routinely fail to punish those who murder journalists, ranging from five cases in Nigeria, South Sudan and Afghanistan to 71 in Iraq. 

In the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the US is now on the cusp of implementing just such an impunity in a unique, if no less suffocating, manner. Journalists in America aren’t being killed for their views or their writing (at least not yet), but their spirit and souls are under attack. Reporters Without Borders ranked the US 43rd, just behind Burkina Faso, in lack of press freedom and threats levied against the news media. 

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