Journalists covering US protests find themselves under attack

Journalists covering US protests find themselves under attack


New York: A journalist covering national protests died in the hands of the police in a black man in Minneapolis and found himself under attack by police, and sometimes even protesters.

On Friday, in Minneapolis, a black CNN journalist was arrested by police and handcuffed-even though he was reporting that George Floyd was being broadcast live after death, it may have caused the most widespread Report.

An hour after the governor of Minnesota personally intervened, journalist Omar Jimenez was released.

But there have been several other serious incidents across the country, notably in Louisville, Kentucky, where a riot police officer shot a seemingly pepper spray pill at a local TV crew.

“I m getting shot!” Kaitlin Rust, a reporter with local TV channel WAVE-3, cried out on camera.

And in Minneapolis, freelance journalist Linda Tirado was struck in the left eye by a rubber bullet fired by police, and said later on Twitter that she had permanently lost vision in that eye.

“Authorities in cities across the US need to instruct police not to target journalists and ensure they can report safely on the protests without fear of injury or retaliation,” said a statement from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Members of the media were also attacked by protesters. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, photographer Ian Smith said he was beaten until other demonstrators came to defend him.

In Atlanta, the headquarters of the news network CNN was attacked by dozens of people on Friday. While the police were guarding there, someone in the crowd threw a grenade into the lobby of the building.

On Saturday morning, a protester was beaten and pursued by a Fox News reporter who reported from a location in front of the White House until the police intervened.

“If you are a protester, do what you feel is right, but don t stop us from doing what we know is the job we have to do for the public. Please do not target, intimidate, humiliate or block our efforts,” said a statement from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

President Donald Trump often uses the news media as a source of what he calls “false news”, claiming that there is no evidence that the media invented news designed to hurt him.

After the attack on the CNN building in Atlanta, the president retweeted a supporter post, and the incident seemed to please the incident: “The irony of fate is that CNN headquarters is being attacked by a riot that they promoted as noble and just . “

He often denounces the media as “the enemy of the people” and often chooses CNN as the most popular target.

Media critics and commentators say that this wording can at least play a role in encouraging violence against journalists in the marginal element.

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