Proposed DHS Changes to Journalist Visas Could Have Chilling Effect
Participated with the Reporters Committee and 36 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding a proposed DHS rule that would limit the visa term for “I” visas, a special category exclusive to foreign journalists at news organizations with home offices overseas. The proposed rule would require DHS to review “the content that the foreign information media representative is covering in the United States” to determine eligibility for a visa extension of 240 days. The brief argues that this could pose an undue risk of government interference in newsgathering or reporting. The requirement for an extension after an initial eight months could present a risk of chill, and could prompt retaliation by other countries against U.S. news organizations with overseas operations.