Journalists Assaulted, Arrested and Jailed Covering Protests

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Demonstrators gather at San Francisco City Hall on Sunday May 31, 2020 to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

Journalists covering nationwide protests against the police killing of George Floyd  have been shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed, assaulted and arrested by police. Advocates for journalists say there has been an unprecedented amount of violence against reporters and photographers this week, which they say is threatening the rights of a free press. Forum discusses attacks on the news media and whether President Trump’s frequent criticisms have helped erode trust in the media and endanger reporters.


Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Barbara Davidson, Pulitzer prize winning photographer