Outcry Over Homeland Security Database

Pen America has joined a jittery journalism community in condemning the US Department of Homeland Security’s plan to create a searchable database of journalists, media influencers, editors and foreign correspondents. They called the database “alarming in the context of the Trump Administration’s vitriolic attacks on the media” and said it must be “quashed immediately.” Earlier this month, DHS posted a request for information seeking a contractor to compile the database. But DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said the move is “nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media,” accusing those sounding the alarm of being “conspiracy theorists.”

Source: Pen America

Posted on: April 10, 2018