U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Florida reporter threatened after questioning rapper Kodak Black

Incident Details

Date of Incident
February 21, 2024


Public figure
Was the journalist targeted?

WPLG reporter Rosh Lowe was threatened by rapper Kodak Black when Lowe and a WPLG photojournalist questioned the rapper following his release from jail.

February 21, 2024

Reporter Rosh Lowe of Florida television station WPLG was threatened by rapper Kodak Black in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 21, 2024, the broadcast outlet reported.

Photojournalist Bryan Murphy, also of WPLG, was struck in the ribs with a rock thrown by the rapper. Murphy and Lowe were questioning the rapper following his release from a Broward County jail.

WPLG said that a police report was filed but that Murphy decided not to press charges. Murphy and Lowe did not respond to a request for comment from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.

In a video captured by Murphy, the rapper begins throwing rocks at the crew, as Murphy tells Lowe to “call the cops.” The rapper’s threat to punch Lowe was not shown on camera, but he acknowledged it later in the video. “You threatened to punch me,” Lowe said on camera. “I did,” replied the rapper.

Lowe reported later that some of the rapper’s fans have since come to his defense and issued threats, including one posted on Instagram that read “next rock to ya Head big Z.”

But in Lowe’s earlier account, the reporter noted: “It is very usual in our profession to interview people coming out of jail, especially noteworthy people. What is unusual is what happened here today.”

The legal representative for Kodak Black did not respond to the Tracker’s request for comment.

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