U.S. Committee to Protect Journalists: 125 press freedom violations, 20 arrestsChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 2, 2020
Local and state authorities in the U.S. must stop targeting journalists and media workers covering protests and ensure that the press is exempt from any curfew restrictions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
Journalists George Floyd protests
Since May 29, at least 125 press freedom violations have been reported nationwide by journalists covering the demonstrations against the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis police custody. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a nonpartisan website of which CPJ is a founding partner, is investigating each report and will publish confirmed incidents to its database.
The violations under investigation, including 20 arrests, were collated from social media accounts, news reports, and direct contact with some of the journalists affected. ■