Oppose Department of Homeland Security journalist database

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Today's Action

The Department of Homeland Security has put out a request for bids on "Media Monitoring Services." This damaging effort is a project to compile a database of journalists and media influencers, and to do sentiment analysis on their content. 

Under normal circumstances this would be troubling. However, this week, with news of privacy violations at Facebook, and President Trump speaking out against the press and threatening to fire the special prosecutor, this action is downright terrifying. This administration has shown that it will attack the free press at the heart of our democracy. We don't need to give it even more tools for harassing journalists and bloggers.

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040 
  • Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180
  • Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621, (206) 553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441, (206) 220-6400

Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip.] I am very concerned about the proposed Department of Homeland Security "Media Monitoring Services" project to create a database to track journalists, bloggers, and other media influencers. The Trump administration has shown itself to be no friend of the free press at the heart of our democracy. We need a free press to ensure the American public gets answers to important questions about our government's actions and behavior.  I am asking [Senator/Representative] to speak out against this project, and to work with her/her Congressional colleagues to prevent this project from happening."

Background

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellefabio/2018/04/06/department-of-homeland-security-compiling-database-of-journalists-and-media-influencers/#1d8d00576121
https://biglawbusiness.com/homeland-security-to-compile-database-of-journalists-bloggers/
Wikipedia on Sentiment analysis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentiment_analysis

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