chilling effect

Human Rights Report: Government Surveillance Harming US JournalismRevelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say.
Report: Government Spying Causing Self-Censorship, Privacy Fears Among US WritersNearly three-quarters of American writers (73 percent) say they “have never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today.”
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