For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2019
Government Accountability Project Condemns CBP Tracking of Journalists, Attorneys, and Activists
WASHINGTON – NBC News reported yesterday that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been tracking American reporters, attorneys, and activists and has created a list of 59 individuals flagged for questioning by border agents when crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. At least 21 of them have been questioned or arrested according to NBC.
Government Accountability Project Director of Education and current counsel to two immigration whistleblowers, Dana Gold, said,
“Reports that the government have put lawyers, reporters and activists on a watch list is beyond disturbing; it is dangerous. As an organization that represents whistleblowers — employees who disclose serious abuses of public trust, not the least of which include harm to children as one of the most outrageous consequences of the zero-tolerance immigration policy — we at Government Accountability Project take this revelation personally.
Truth matters, now more than ever. And any efforts made by the government to target and chill attorneys, journalists and employees — who are empowered by law to serve truth and justice — cannot be condemned loudly enough. Our government, mandated to protect and defend the Constitution, including free speech and freedom of the press, should embrace the truth, not punish those seeking to reveal it.”
Contact: Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education
Phone: (202) 457-0034 ext. 160
Government Accountability Project
Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, Government Accountability Project’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, Government Accountability Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C