Study: Most Investigative Journalists Believe Government Spies on Them

Uncle Sam is watching. And listening. And documenting

According to a new Pew Research Center study, most investigative journalists believe that the government has spied on them. Sixty-four percent of participants said that Uncle Sam had “Probably Collected Data” on their phone calls, emails and other online communications.

The report surveyed 671 members of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE). The pool of respondents included reporters, producers, editors, data specialists, photojournalists and more.

Of those who said that they believed the government was watching them, reporters who covered national security, foreign affairs or the government were the most convinced. A whopping 71 percent said they believed the feds were collecting data from their communications.

Reporters who feel the government breathing down their necks also claimed that their employers are not doing enough to help them. Among those who work for news organizations, only 21 percent felt that their employer was taking steps to protect them and their sources.

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