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Journalists say gov’t spying impact on work minimal, report finds

February 10, 2015

A new study indicates that a majority of investigative journalists believe the U.S. government is keeping a close eye on their work.

The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center and Columbia's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, includes 671 respondent members of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) sharing their thoughts on the impact government surveillance has on them.

When it comes to data collection practices, 64 percent of respondents believe that data was collected, a number that grew to 71 percent when respondents included those covering government affairs.

While only 14 percent indicated that fears surrounding digital surveillance have stopped them from covering a story or leave their place of employment within the last 12 months, one third shared that it has led them to change the storage of their documents, as well as communication habits with other journalists.

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