The Committee to Protect Journalists penned a letter to President Barack Obama Monday urging that he take action to protect journalists’ privacy and decrease attacks and harassment of the media.

The committee said that they are “deeply troubled” by the growing number of privacy breaches and hacking incidents at news organizations, along with the massive scale of surveillance capabilities carried out by the National Security Agency. CPJ said that such strong government monitoring of journalism has jeopardized the “free flow of news” and has caused them to question the “seriousness” of Obama’s commitment to improving these issues.

“We recognize the government’s vital interest in protecting U.S. national security, but there must be reasonable limits–and meaningful, independent checks–on the powers of any one person, agency, or branch of government,” CPJ Chairman Sandra Mims Rowe and executive director Joel Simon wrote.

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