Fly Don't Spy campaign to protect journalists, their sources

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) announced this week that it joined with 29 organizations to launch the Fly Don't Spy campaign.

Source: B92

The organization said on its website that it raised concerns over the past several months over US border agents' use of secondary searches of journalists and their devices at us borders, and government proposals to require travelers to hand over social media account passwords as a condition of entry.

CPJ "supports the rights of journalists to protect confidential information when traveling and is concerned about proposals that could undermine these values," the announcement said.

The FlyDontSpy.com website asks supporters to sign a petition calling on US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to oppose any "password for entry" schemes.

"The campaign is an extension of the work CPJ has been doing over the past year related to visa issues for journalists and searches at borders," the organization said, adding that it is "committed to documenting and reporting on these cases and ensuring that journalists have the information they need to safely and securely cross international borders."

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