Reporter at Atlanta crime scene assaulted by security guard

June 13, 2021
Mike Petchenik, a reporter for Atlanta’s WSB-TV, said a security guard at a local mall tried to grab his phone from his hand and assaulted him as he was reporting at the scene of a shooting on June 13, 2021.WSB-TV reported that two 15-year-olds had approached a Lenox Square Mall security guard and shot him, before fleeing to a nearby hotel where they were captured and arrested. The security guard was taken to the hospital for wounds to his chest …

U.S. immigration officials detain Honduran journalist after she requests asylum in Georgia

May 23, 2021
Honduran journalist Thirzia Galeas was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when she requested asylum at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 23, 2021, according to the Committee for Free Expression in Honduras (C-Libre).Galeas is a journalist and human rights activist who worked with C-Libre, a Honduran free expression organization that supports independent journalists. She has also reported in Honduras for the digital news outlet Conexihon.hn and Reporteros de Investigación.In a written statement, Galeas told the U.S. Press …

Tennessee TV crew told to leave, threatened with arrest at a town hall meeting with Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene

January 27, 2021
Two Tennessee-based journalists from Chattanooga’s WRCBtv were told to leave and threatened with arrest after one of them tried to ask a question at a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Jan. 27, 2021.WRCB reporter Meredith Aldis and a photographer, who asked to not be identified, were among journalists invited to Greene’s town hall in Whitfield County, Georgia, about 30 miles southeast of Chattanooga. Upon arrival at the event, journalists were told they could not ask …

Independent journalist repeatedly pushed by a police officer while covering a rally in Georgia

August 15, 2020
Atlanta-based independent journalist Anissa Matlock was repeatedly pushed by a police officer while reporting during a rally in Stone Mountain, a city in the Atlanta suburbs, on Aug. 15, 2020.Stone Mountain’s nine-story high depiction of Confederate leaders, carved into the mountain that gives the city its name, is considered a shrine for white supremacists. On Aug. 15 several far-right and white supremacist groups arrived in Stone Mountain to protest against a movement calling for removal of the monument.Those groups were …
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