VOA journalist hit with a baton by unidentified man at DC protest

June 22, 2020
Voice of America journalist Jason Patinkin said he was hit with a baton while reporting on a protest in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square on June 22, 2020.Patinkin told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker the man who hit him appeared to be working with law enforcement but was not wearing a uniform and would not answer questions about his identity.The protest was one of many against racial injustice in the capital and around the country in response to the police killing …

VOA journalist shot in hand with pepper ball while filming DC protest

June 22, 2020
Voice of America journalist Ayen Bior was shot in the finger with a pepper ball while filming a protest in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 2020.The protest was one of many against racial injustice in the capital and around the country in response to the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.At the June 22 demonstration in Lafayette Square, a park adjacent to the White House, a group of protesters attempted to pull down a statue …

DC police threaten Turkish VOA reporter, team with batons

May 31, 2020
Police brandished batons and forcibly moved three journalists for Voice of America’s Turkish service — after they identified themselves as members of the press — while they covered protests against police violence in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2020, according to a VOA report.Reporters Mehtap Yilmaz and Uzeyir Yanar and camera operator Tezcan Taskiran were reporting that Sunday night on demonstrations near St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, near the White House.Yilmaz told VOA that at about 10:30 p.m., …

VOA journalist shot at with crowd-control munitions while covering DC protests

May 31, 2020
Voice of America journalist Jason Patinkin was shot at with crowd-control munitions while covering a chaos-filled night of protests in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2020, the third evening of widespread demonstrations in the nation’s capital after the death of George Floyd.The protests were held in response to a video showing a white police officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25. Floyd was pronounced dead at a local …

DC police threaten Turkish VOA camera operator, team with batons

May 31, 2020
Police brandished batons and forcibly moved three journalists for Voice of America’s Turkish service — after they identified themselves as members of the press — while they covered protests against police violence in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2020, according to a VOA report.Camera operator Tezcan Taskiran and reporters Mehtap Yilmaz and Uzeyir Yanar were reporting that Sunday night on demonstrations near St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, near the White House.Yilmaz told VOA that at about 10:30 p.m., …

DC police threaten Turkish VOA reporter, news team with batons

May 31, 2020
Police brandished batons and forcibly moved three journalists for Voice of America’s Turkish service — after they identified themselves as members of the press — while they covered protests against police violence in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2020, according to a VOA report.Reporters Uzeyir Yanar and Mehtap Yilmaz and camera operator Tezcan Taskiran were reporting that Sunday night on demonstrations near St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, near the White House.Yilmaz told VOA that at about 10:30 p.m., …
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