There has been a tragic turning away from a deep respect for a free press in the United States according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. On Oct. 10, 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported on
"The Obama Administration and the press." It has been alleged President Barack Obama came into office with pledges of an open government, but he has been falling far short of his promise.
Journalists along with transparency advocates have been saying the White House offers limited routine disclosure of information and uses its own media to avoid scrutiny by the press. It appears the aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information coupled with broad electronic surveillance programs has detered government sources from speaking to journalists.
It has been said under Obama's administration government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press. Any government officials suspected of discussing with reporters anything which the government has classified as secret are subject to investigation.
Al Jazeera has reported, "Report blasts US press freedom." The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has published a report investigating press freedom in the United States, for the first time in its 32-year history. This report follows an unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists' records under the Obama administration which many have contended have curtailed press freedom and government transparency. The implications herein are really frightening for journalists and other activists in society. This all leaves Obama with some serious challenges to explain what's really going on in dealing with these issues.