It is important for U.S. citizens who travel abroad as journalists to understand the legal and security environments in which they operate.
Press freedom varies widely from country to country. Some countries have legally-guaranteed rights related to freedom of speech and other forms of press and media freedom, whether in their constitutions or other local laws, comparable to the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Other countries have laws that severely curtail speech. Find country-specific information on press and media freedoms in the State Department’s Human Rights reports.