Shortly after taking this image of a Minneapolis police officer clearing a cameraman from near the police department’s Fifth Precinct on May 30, 2020, Reuters photojournalist Adam Bettcher was shot at with a projectile. Bettcher told the Tracker that he was holding up his press credentials and shining a flashlight at himself as he approached a police line, yelling out, “I’m press! I’m press.”

1 year of unprecedented violence against journalists

5.26.2020 – 5.25.2021

Highlighting 12 months of press freedom violations from Black Lives Matter and
anti-police brutality protests sparked by the May 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In that time, journalists across the U.S. were assaulted, arrested, had their equipment damaged and were otherwise impeded in numbers never before documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.

VISUALIZING ATTACKS ON PRESS FREEDOM | Explore our data using the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker API.

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