Growing violence against journos covering protests

Violence against press at May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur. [Photo: The Sun]

Freedom House says there has been growing violence around the world against journalists covering protest rallies, which has hampered their ability to cover breaking news. They face physical harassment, detention, and even reprisal attacks.

“In many cases reporters are not just caught up in the melee, but singled out for attack by police or protesters,” writes Jennifer Dunham, senior analyst at Freedom House.

“Special protection for members of the press can be difficult to uphold when demonstrations turn violent, and it has become even more challenging as the boundaries between accredited journalists, citizen journalists, and activists increasingly blur.”

FULL REPORT at Freedom House.