Human rights activists shocked by attacks on journalists during protests in the US

Human rights activists shocked by attacks on journalists during protests in the US

The brutality of the police and demonstrators against journalists is caused by the rhetoric of President Trump, who demonizes the media, according to the organization Reporters Without Borders.
Human rights organization Reporters Without Borders condemns incidents with journalists covering protests in the United States caused by the death of African-American George Floyd. President Donald Trump’s actions to “demonize the media and create a clear image of the enemy” predictably led to an outbreak of violence, Christian Mir Executive Secretary said Monday, June 1
“The unprecedented brutality with which both the police and protesters attacked journalists is the result of this hostile rhetoric,” he said.
Police should be protected from violence by reporters covering protests and not interfere with their work, the human rights activist recalled.
At least 68 attacks on journalists in 30 US cities
According to Reporters Without Borders, in recent days, at least 68 attacks on media representatives, including with rubber bullets and tear gas, have been recorded in 30 cities in the United States.
So, in Minneapolis on May 31, Deutsche Welle correspondent Stefan Zimons and cameraman Max Ferg were shot at, and the day before, two Reuters news agency workers were injured by rubber bullets.
In addition, law enforcement officers repeatedly detained journalists. Similar episodes occurred with the crew of CNN, an Australian correspondent for 9News, a photographer for the daily Las Vegas Review-Journal and a freelance photographer, commissioned by AFP.
In some cases, journalists suffered from the actions of protesters. Human rights activists noted attacks on a KDKA-TV reporter in Pittsburgh and a Fox News official in Washington.
Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in Washington sent a note of protest to the US State Department after the incident with RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Turgiev. The police sprayed tear gas in his face despite the fact that the man showed no resistance and showed his press card, explained Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov. The diplomat demanded a thorough investigation.
Protests after the Minneapolis tragedy
George Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white policeman, supported by three colleagues, pressed his knee down his throat for almost nine minutes. The death of the 46-year-old African American was widely publicized thanks to eyewitnesses.
All four policemen are fired. The main defendant was detained, he was charged with reckless killing, with respect to the other three investigative actions are ongoing.
The tragedy in the largest city of Minnesota caused massive protests in the country. Demonstrations escalated into riots and clashes with the police. Curfews have been imposed in many U.S. cities, and National Guard soldiers are involved in riot control.