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[ { "title": "Bay Area broadcast security guard shot, killed in attempted robbery of news crew", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/bay-area-broadcast-security-guard-shot-killed-in-attempted-robbery-of-news-crew/", "first_published_at": "2021-11-29T16:13:55.379653Z", "last_published_at": "2021-11-29T16:13:55.379653Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-11-29T16:13:55.338219Z", "date": "2021-11-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Oakland", "longitude": -122.2708, "latitude": 37.80437, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>An unidentified reporter for San Francisco-based broadcaster KRON4 News was robbed at gunpoint while reporting in downtown Oakland, California, on Nov. 24, 2021. The security guard accompanying the reporter was shot in the confrontation and later died from his injuries.</p><p>KRON4 <a href=\"https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/kron4-security-guard-dies-from-injuries-after-attempted-armed-robbery/\">reported</a> that the news crew was covering a recent robbery where 12 thieves donning masks and hoods raided a nearby clothing store. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/oaklandpoliceca/status/1463665670852280321\">According to police</a>, an assailant attempted to steal the news crew’s camera equipment at 12:19 p.m. </p><p>The armed security guard, Kevin Nishita, was shot in the lower abdomen; the reporter was not physically injured. KRON4 reported that Nishita, a retired police officer, died from his injuries on the morning of Nov. 27.</p><p>Police and the broadcast station are offering a reward of $32,500 for information leading to an arrest of those involved in the shooting. The investigation is still ongoing as of press time, <a href=\"https://twitter.com/KRON4WTran/status/1465331630965284867\">according to reporting</a> by KRON4 reporter Will Tran.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Monday.<br><br>The search continues for our friend Kevin Nishita’s killers. <a href=\"https://t.co/6qK4NtqoeC\">pic.twitter.com/6qK4NtqoeC</a></p>&mdash; Will Tran (@KRON4WTran) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/KRON4WTran/status/1465331630965284867?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">November 29, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Jim Rose, KRON4’s vice president and general manager, said in a <a href=\"https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/gunman-who-shot-kron4-guard-in-oakland-still-at-large-25k-reward/\">statement</a> that the station regularly uses security guards to protect their reporters in the field. In a <a href=\"https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/kron4-security-guard-dies-from-injuries-after-attempted-armed-robbery/\">statement</a> released after Nishita’s passing, Rose said: </p><p>“We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita. Our deepest sympathy goes to Kevin’s wife, his children, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues. This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area. We hope that offering a reward will help lead to the arrest of those responsible so they can face justice for this terrible tragedy.”</p><p>Multiple <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/armed-robbers-steal-san-francisco-tv-crew-video-camera/\">other</a> <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/bay-area-news-crew-approached-by-armed-individuals-ordered-to-hand-over-equipment/\">armed</a> <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/san-francisco-tv-reporter-robbed-at-gunpoint-while-recording-interview/\">robberies</a> took place in the Bay Area earlier this year. </p><p>The station did not respond to a request for further comment.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Unidentified journalist 5 (KRON 4)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "KATU camera operator assaulted, camera damaged amid Portland protests", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/katu-camera-operator-assaulted-camera-damaged-amid-portland-protests/", "first_published_at": "2021-11-22T02:26:24.376128Z", "last_published_at": "2021-11-22T02:36:37.274165Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-11-22T02:36:37.226487Z", "date": "2021-11-19", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Portland", "longitude": -122.67621, "latitude": 45.52345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>At least two members of a KATU News crew were assaulted by a group of individuals while covering unrest in Portland, Oregon, following a high-profile jury verdict in Wisconsin on Nov. 19, 2021.</p><p>Protests began after a jury <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/jury-finds-kyle-rittenhouse-not-guilty-in-kenosha-shootings-27f812ba532d65c044617483c915e4de\">acquitted</a> 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of first-degree intentional homicide and four other felony charges for killing two men and wounding a third in Kenosha in August 2020. At that time, the city was the site of heightened Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality protests after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black resident, during a summer of ongoing civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota in May. In 2020, Downtown Portland saw more than 100 straight days of protests, many centered around the Multnomah County Justice Center.</p><p>Protests were centered again around the justice center on Nov. 19. In a <a href=\"https://katu.com/news/local/police-declare-riot-near-justice-center\">video published by KATU</a>, an individual in black bloc — a technique of dressing in all black to avoid identification — can be seen crossing the street to where the news crew is standing and asks what the crew is filming. “The protest,” one of the journalists responds. The individual then asks why, to which the journalist responds, “To send a message for you.”</p><p>“You’re not trying to send our message,” the individual says. “You’re not here trying to get our message.”</p><p>During the interaction, approximately six other people approach the news crew, which begins to move down the street away from the protest. An individual appears to reach out and grab the journalist who was answering the questions, but a voice can be heard saying, “Let them walk.” At some point during the interaction, a smoke bomb appears to be activated in the center of the group.</p><p>Multiple individuals continued to walk alongside the crew, with one wrapping his arm around the first journalist, when a voice calls out “Stop filming,” to which a second person responds, “Yeah, we’re going to turn that camera off right now. We’re advising you to turn that camera off right now. Turn that fucking camera off right fucking now!”</p><p>As the camera operator attempts to continue walking away, another individual runs up to him screaming that he will break the camera. In the ensuing scuffle, there is an audible crack of something breaking.</p><p>KATU reported that the news crew was uninjured but the camera was damaged. Neither the station’s news director nor general manager could immediately be reached for comment. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker also documented the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/katu-journalist-assaulted-crew-harassed-in-portland-protest/\">assault of one KATU photojournalist and damage to their equipment here</a>.</p><p>The following day, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty released a statement upholding the right of the press to film and condemning the attack on the KATU news crew:</p><p>&quot;I’m still learning the full details of what occurred last night but want to make it clear that attacking or intimidating the press is never acceptable, such as what happened to a KATU crew last night.&quot;</p><p>In 2020, the Tracker documented <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?city=Kenosha&amp;date_lower=2020-01-01&amp;date_upper=2020-12-31&amp;state=54&amp;tags=127\">seven assaults of journalists covering protests</a> surrounding the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Find documented aggressions against journalists following the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?tags=150\">November 2021 Rittenhouse verdict</a> here and at <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?tags=111\">Black Lives Matter protests</a> here.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Screenshot_268.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p>Individuals approach a KATU camera operator demanding that he stop filming during a protest in Portland, Oregon, that followed the high-profile acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin on Nov. 19, 2021.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [ { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "camera" } ], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "protest", "Rittenhouse verdict" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack", "Equipment Damage" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Unidentified photojournalist 13 (KATU News)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "KATU journalist assaulted, crew harassed in Portland protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/katu-journalist-assaulted-crew-harassed-in-portland-protest/", "first_published_at": "2021-11-22T02:34:25.452322Z", "last_published_at": "2021-11-22T02:34:25.452322Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-11-22T02:34:25.389007Z", "date": "2021-11-19", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Portland", "longitude": -122.67621, "latitude": 45.52345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>A KATU News crew was assaulted by a group of individuals while covering unrest in Portland, Oregon, following a high-profile jury verdict in Wisconsin on Nov. 19, 2021.</p><p>Protests began after a Kenosha jury <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/jury-finds-kyle-rittenhouse-not-guilty-in-kenosha-shootings-27f812ba532d65c044617483c915e4de\">acquitted</a> 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of first-degree intentional homicide and four other felony charges for killing two men and wounding a third in August 2020. At that time, the city was the site of heightened Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality protests after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black resident, during a summer of ongoing civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota in May. In 2020, Downtown Portland saw more than 100 straight days of protests, many centered around the Multnomah County Justice Center.</p><p>On Nov. 19, 2021, protests were centered again around the justice center. In a <a href=\"https://katu.com/news/local/police-declare-riot-near-justice-center\">video published by KATU</a>, an individual in black bloc — a tactic of dressing in all black to avoid identification — crosses the street to where the news crew is standing and asks, “What are you guys filming right now?” “The protest,” one of the journalists responds. The individual then asks why, to which the journalist responds, “To send a message for you.”</p><p>During the interaction, approximately six other people approach the news crew, which begins to move down the street away from the protest. An individual appears to reach out and grab the journalist who was answering the questions, but a voice can be heard saying, “Let them walk.” At some point during the interaction, a smoke bomb appears to be activated in the center of the group.</p><p>Multiple individuals continued to walk alongside the crew, with one wrapping his arm around the first journalist, when a voice calls out “Stop filming,” to which a second person responds, “Yeah, we’re going to turn that camera off right now. We’re advising you to turn that camera off right now. Turn that fucking camera off right fucking now!”</p><p>As the camera operator attempts to continue walking away, another individual runs up to him screaming that he will break the camera. In the ensuing scuffle, there is an audible crack of something breaking.</p><p>KATU reported that the news crew was uninjured but the camera was damaged. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker documented the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/katu-camera-operator-assaulted-camera-damaged-amid-portland-protests/\">assault of the camera operator and the equipment here</a>. Neither the station’s news director nor general manager could immediately be reached for comment.</p><p>The following day, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty released a statement upholding the right of the press to film and condemning the attack on the KATU news crew:</p><p>&quot;I’m still learning the full details of what occurred last night but want to make it clear that attacking or intimidating the press is never acceptable, such as what happened to a KATU crew last night.&quot;</p><p>In 2020, the Tracker documented <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?city=Kenosha&amp;date_lower=2020-01-01&amp;date_upper=2020-12-31&amp;state=54&amp;tags=127\">seven assaults of journalists covering protests</a> surrounding the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Find documented aggressions against journalists following the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?tags=150\">November 2021 Rittenhouse verdict</a> here and at <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?tags=111\">Black Lives Matter protests</a> here.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Screenshot_193.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p>An individual dressed in all black appears to detonate a smoke bomb after confronting a KATU news crew that was documenting protests in Portland, Oregon, following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin on Nov. 19, 2021.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "protest", "Rittenhouse verdict" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Unidentified journalist 4 (KATU News)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Multimedia journalist pushed by police officer while covering riot in Portland", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/multimedia-journalist-pushed-by-police-officer-while-covering-riot-in-portland/", "first_published_at": "2021-11-23T16:20:46.811569Z", "last_published_at": "2021-11-23T16:20:46.811569Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-11-23T16:20:46.761091Z", "date": "2021-11-19", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Portland", "longitude": -122.67621, "latitude": 45.52345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Independent multimedia journalist Grace Morgan said that she was shoved by law enforcement officers while covering a protest in Portland, Oregon, following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Nov. 19, 2021.</p><p>National protests began after a jury acquitted 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of first-degree intentional homicide and four other felony charges for killing two men and injuring a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020.</p><p>At the time, Kenosha was the site of ongoing Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality protests after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black resident, nearly three months after George Floyd, a Black man, died at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota in May.</p><p>According to the <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/kyle-rittenhouse-oregon-riots-wisconsin-kenosha-e882518fa19d0a078d865c71b4393143\">Associated Press</a>, about 200 protesters gathered in Downtown Portland, near the Multnomah County Justice Center, and blocked streets, broke windows and damaged doors of city facilities. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1461991080522571780\">Portland police later tweeted</a> that objects had been thrown at officers and the demonstrations declared a riot.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Press Release: Riot Declared After Violent, Destructive Crowd Gathers Downtown (Photo) <br>Link: <a href=\"https://t.co/BQKwWdoDyF\">https://t.co/BQKwWdoDyF</a> <a href=\"https://t.co/Fq0KxV0VUQ\">pic.twitter.com/Fq0KxV0VUQ</a></p>&mdash; Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1461991080522571780?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">November 20, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Morgan, who was documenting the demonstrations, filmed a group of individuals confronting armed law enforcement officers in a parking garage. She told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker she was walking on the sidewalk when a Portland police officer pushed her with with the body of his long form gun and told her to “get on the fucking sidewalk.”</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">The garage doors keep dramatically opening and closing leading to bouts of short rushes and lots of yelling - an officer shoves me with his gun and tells me to “get on the fucking sidewalk”, while I am indeed on the sidewalk, and pushes me more so towards it. <a href=\"https://t.co/glRPcYgsQL\">pic.twitter.com/glRPcYgsQL</a></p>&mdash; Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/gravemorgan/status/1461931765228998656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">November 20, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>“He came running out of a parking garage and turned the corner, and sort of ran into me,” Morgan said. “I immediately put my hands up and said very loudly ‘I’m press, I’m press!’ and that’s when he shoved me backwards with his gun.”</p><p>Morgan also said she was wearing a ballistic vest with “PRESS” clearly displayed on the front along with a reflective press badge and several other press credentials on a belt loop when the incident occured.</p><p>In 2020, the Tracker documented <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?city=Kenosha&amp;date_lower=2020-01-01&amp;date_upper=2020-12-31&amp;state=54&amp;tags=127\">seven assaults of journalists covering protests</a> surrounding the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Find documented aggressions against journalists following the November 2021 Rittenhouse verdict here and at <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?tags=111\">Black Lives Matter protests</a> here.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "law enforcement", "was_journalist_targeted": "unknown", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "protest", "Rittenhouse verdict" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Grace Morgan (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "NY court issues prior restraint against The New York Times", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/ny-court-issues-prior-restraint-against-the-new-york-times/", "first_published_at": "2021-11-19T17:39:08.503135Z", "last_published_at": "2021-11-19T17:39:08.503135Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-11-19T17:39:08.460705Z", "date": "2021-11-18", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "White Plains", "longitude": -73.76291, "latitude": 41.03399, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>A Westchester County Supreme Court judge <a href=\"https://www.rcfp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/63921_2020_Project_Veritas_v_Project_Veritas_ORDER_TO_SHOW_CAUSE_170.pdf\">issued an order</a> on Nov. 18, 2021, barring The New York Times from soliciting, acquiring or further disseminating leaked internal documents from conservative group Project Veritas.</p><p>The prior restraint was issued as part of a pending libel suit Project Veritas filed against the Times in 2020, which accuses the newspaper of defaming the group in its reporting on a Project Veritas video that made unverified claims of voter fraud in Minnesota, the Times <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/18/business/media/new-york-times-project-veritas.html\">reported</a>.</p><p>The judge’s order specifically references a <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/11/us/politics/project-veritas-journalism-political-spying.html\">Nov. 11, 2021 article</a> about the Department of Justice’s investigation into the alleged theft of a diary belonging to President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley. The article also contained excerpts from memos prepared by a Project Veritas lawyer advising members of the group how to avoid breaking federal law while using questionable reporting methods.</p><p>In issuing the prior restraint, Justice Charles Wood ordered the Times to appear before the state’s Supreme Court on Nov. 23 to “show cause” — to explain or prove why the court shouldn’t grant Project Veritas’s motion for an order directing the newspaper to “remove all references to or descriptions of Plaintiff Project Veritas’s privileged attorney-client information” and “return and/or immediately delete all copies.” Until it does so, the order directs the newspaper to “cease further efforts to solicit or acquire” any materials prepared by the Project Veritas lawyer, effectively preventing the outlet from reporting on the group.</p><p>“This ruling is unconstitutional and sets a dangerous precedent,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the Times, <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/18/business/media/new-york-times-project-veritas.html\">wrote in a statement</a> published by the outlet. “The Supreme Court made that clear in the Pentagon Papers case, a landmark ruling against prior restraint blocking the publication of newsworthy journalism. That principle clearly applies here. We are seeking an immediate review of this decision.”</p><p>In a <a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2021/11/18/new-york-times-project-veritas/\">statement</a> published by The Washington Post, Elizabeth Locke, an attorney representing Project Veritas in its suit against the Times, denied that the order amounted to a prior restraint, citing the fact that some of the materials had already been published.</p><p>Press freedom advocacy groups quickly refuted the assertion that the order was not prior restraint. Advocacy Director Parker Higgins of Freedom of the Press Foundation, where the Tracker is housed, <a href=\"https://freedom.press/news/prior-restraint-order-in-new-york-times-case-on-project-veritas-materials/\">noted</a> the order not only restricts the Times from publishing further and requests that what has been published be pulled from circulation, but also bars the newspaper from engaging in routine newsgathering activities.</p><p>Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, also raised immediate concerns with the order.</p><p>“Prior restraints — which are orders not to publish — are among the most serious threats to press freedom,” Brown said in a <a href=\"https://www.rcfp.org/ny-times-prior-restraint-statement/\">statement</a>. “The trial court should have never entered this order. If it doesn’t immediately vacate the prior restraint, an appellate court must step in and do so.”</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/NYT_prior_restraint.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p>A portion of the order granting a motion directing The New York Times to cease efforts to solicit, acquire or further disseminate leaked internal documents from conservative group Project Veritas.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": "pending", "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "New York", "abbreviation": "NY" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "The New York Times" ], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Prior Restraint" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Project Veritas founder detained, phones seized amid FBI raid of his home", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/project-veritas-founder-detained-phones-seized-amid-fbi-raid-of-his-home/", "first_published_at": "2021-11-16T18:23:23.089764Z", "last_published_at": "2021-11-19T14:21:21.965434Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-11-19T14:21:21.888290Z", "date": "2021-11-06", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Mamaroneck", "longitude": -73.73263, "latitude": 40.94871, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>On Nov. 6, 2021, FBI agents raided the Mamaroneck, New York, home of conservative group Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe as part of an investigation into the reported theft of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, President Joe Biden’s daughter, The New York Times <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/us/politics/ashley-biden-project-vertias-fbi.html\">reported</a>.</p><p>According to a <a href=\"https://www.projectveritas.com/news/fbi-and-southern-district-of-new-york-raid-project-veritas-journalists-homes/\">statement</a> published on Project Veritas’ website, the search came two days after raids had taken place at the homes of multiple individuals affiliated with the group, which describes itself as a non-profit investigative organization. The group is known for its hidden-camera sting operations that typically target liberal politicians and nonprofits, as well as news organizations including CNN and NPR.</p><p>O’Keefe, who did not respond to an emailed request for comment, said in an <a href=\"https://video.foxnews.com/v/6281036371001#sp=show-clips\">interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity</a> that the agents arrived at his home before dawn, placed him in handcuffs, seized two of his iPhones and searched his apartment for more than two hours.</p><p>“On my phone were many of my reporter&#x27;s notes, a lot of my sources unrelated to this story and a lot of confidential information to our news organization,” O’Keefe said. “If they can do this to me, if they can do this to this journalist and raid my home and take my reporter notes, they’ll do it to any journalist.”</p><p>In the Fox News interview, Paul Calli, one of the attorneys representing O’Keefe, said the search warrant cited misprision of — or knowingly helping to conceal — a felony, accessory after the fact and transporting materials across state lines as the basis of the warrant.</p><p>Calli denied allegations that his client or Project Veritas was involved in the theft of Biden’s diary. O’Keefe confirmed that Project Veritas was approached by individuals claiming to possess the diary in 2020, but said in his statement that they had declined to publish its contents and had turned the diary over to law enforcement.</p><p>“It appears the Southern District of New York now has journalists in their sights for the supposed ‘crime’ of doing their jobs lawfully and honestly,” O’Keefe <a href=\"https://www.projectveritas.com/news/fbi-and-southern-district-of-new-york-raid-project-veritas-journalists-homes/\">said</a>, in reference to the judicial district in Manhattan. “Our efforts were the stuff of responsible, ethical journalism and we are in no doubt that Project Veritas acted properly at each and every step.”</p><p>Trevor Timm, the executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, where the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is housed, <a href=\"https://twitter.com/trevortimm/status/1458497804310126593\">wrote on Twitter</a> that the raid of O’Keefe’s home was concerning.</p><p>“This is worrying from a press freedom perspective—unless &amp; until DOJ releases evidence [Project] Veritas was directly involved in the theft,” Timm wrote. “Because if there is none, then the raids could very well be a violation of the Privacy Protection Act.”</p><p>The Privacy Protection Act of 1980 states that a state and federal law enforcement cannot search for or seize journalistic work product or documentary materials under claims of probable cause if the alleged offense consists of the receipt, possession, communication or withholding of the materials or the information they contain.</p><p>“If you take it as true that they were given this diary by someone unknown to them and they chose not to publish it, this is kind of a classic journalistic situation,” said Jane Kirtley, a University of Minnesota law professor and former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “And what law enforcement should have done is issue a subpoena.”</p><p>Kirtley told the Tracker she agreed that regardless of the debates surrounding Project Veritas’ methods, the raid of O’Keefe’s home and the seizure of his phone could set a dangerous precedent.</p><p>“When we get in the business of government trying to decide when someone is a journalist and when someone isn’t, there’s always a danger that some definitions will be narrow and they will weed out a lot of people who deserve to have journalistic protections,” Kirtley said. “As troublesome as I find Project Veritas’ activities — and again, I do not defend any illegal conduct on their part at all — that is a separate question from whether or not they should be protected by these laws. And if they aren’t then I think all journalists are at risk.”</p><p>Another O’Keefe attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, told the Tracker that agents had executed the warrant despite O’Keefe’s attorneys having “indicated a willingness to cooperate and provide any information necessary.”</p><p>Dhillon <a href=\"https://twitter.com/pnjaban/status/1458904181540995079\">tweeted</a> on Nov. 11 that District Court Judge Analisa Torres had ordered that the Department of Justice halt its review of O’Keefe’s phones pending a ruling on their request for a special master — typically a retired judge without ties to the case — to be appointed to oversee the search of the devices.</p><p>&quot;We are gratified that the Department of Justice has been ordered to stop extracting and reviewing confidential and privileged information obtained in their raids of our reporters, including legal, donor, and confidential source communications,&quot; Dhillon <a href=\"https://www.foxnews.com/media/federal-judge-doj-project-veritas-james-okeefe-fbi-raid\">told Fox News</a>.</p><p>In a <a href=\"https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-comment-fbi-raid-project-veritas-founder\">statement</a> released on Nov. 14, Brian Hauss of the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern for the precedent that could be set by the case and urged the court to appoint a special master.</p><p>“Project Veritas has engaged in disgraceful deceptions, and reasonable observers might not consider their activities to be journalism at all,” wrote Hauss, who is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. “Nevertheless, the precedent set in this case could have serious consequences for press freedom. Unless the government had good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees were directly involved in the criminal theft of the diary, it should not have subjected them to invasive searches and seizures.”</p><p>As of publication date, the court had not yet ruled on a special master.</p><p>The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York told the Tracker it does not provide comment on pending cases.</p><p>For the purposes of the Tracker, O’Keefe identifies as a journalist, has a track record of publication and said the phones seized by the FBI contained his reporter’s notes. For more about how the Tracker counts incidents, see our <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/frequently-asked-questions/\">frequently asked questions</a> page.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/RTX9U4RY.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p>Project Veritas founder James O&#x27;Keefe, speaking here at the Conservative Political Action Conference in early 2021, was detained by FBI agents at his home and his phones seized on Nov. 6.</p>", "arresting_authority": "FBI", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": "in custody", "is_search_warrant_obtained": true, "actor": "law enforcement", "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [ { "quantity": 2, "equipment": "mobile phone" } ], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "New York", "abbreviation": "NY" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge", "Equipment Search or Seizure" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "James O'Keefe (Project Veritas)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Salon reporter assaulted while documenting Virginia gubernatorial campaign rally", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/salon-reporter-assaulted-while-documenting-virginia-gubernatorial-campaign-rally/", "first_published_at": "2021-10-26T20:37:08.271214Z", "last_published_at": "2021-10-26T20:37:08.271214Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-10-26T20:37:08.235686Z", "date": "2021-10-19", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Burke", "longitude": -77.27165, "latitude": 38.79345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Zachary Petrizzo, an investigative reporter for Salon, was assaulted by a man while documenting a campaign rally for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in Burke, Virginia, on Oct. 19, 2021.</p><p>Petrizzo told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he had arrived to cover the event and was speaking with Youngkin supporters and counterprotesters supporting his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, some of whom had set up a large inflatable chicken in the likeness of former President Donald Trump.</p><p>“This guy comes by initially, starts revving his engine in front of these McAuliffe supporters, these older women, turns his wheels towards them, and starts yelling at these women like he has road rage” Petrizzo said. He said the man drove away but quickly returned, and turned his ire toward the reporter.</p><p>“I’m standing pretty far away on a grassy patch and he approaches me and strikes me with his left hand, and strikes my camera and my hands,” Petrizzo said. “The whole thing caught me pretty off guard just because I didn’t think he’d lunge and actually strike.”<br/></p><p>In a video <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ZTPetrizzo/status/1450608362060754944\">posted to Twitter</a> following the incident, a man can be seen approaching Petrizzo and shouting, “Get rid of that thing! You stupid fool, get rid of it!” referring to his camera. The man then swings at Petrizzo’s hand and cell phone, which he was using to film.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">An irate Glenn Youngkin supporter just came over and punched my hand. <a href=\"https://t.co/PdaMAtxE43\">pic.twitter.com/PdaMAtxE43</a></p>&mdash; Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ZTPetrizzo/status/1450608362060754944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 19, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>He told the Tracker he was wearing a large press badge at the time of the attack and that his phone was not damaged.</p><p>Petrizzo <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ZTPetrizzo/status/1450626623083061255\">wrote</a> later that evening that he had filed a police report about the incident and that Fairfax County police <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ZTPetrizzo/status/1450634734002966529\">were able to identify the man</a> as a resident of nearby Annandale. Petrizzo told the Tracker he does not plan to press charges, but said he was concerned about the political climate that contributed to the assault.</p><p>“It highlights a political temperature that seemingly after Jan. 6 has continued to ratchet only louder and higher, in terms of these pro-Trump events,” Petrizzo said. “You really see the anger still that perhaps Trump sparked, but that is very much the Republican base: upset and willing to go to these extreme measures, whether it’s yelling at old women, revving your engine or striking a reporter.”</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Virginia", "abbreviation": "VA" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Zachary Petrizzo (Salon)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Freelance journalist questioned about journalism at Portland airport", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/freelance-journalist-questioned-about-journalism-at-portland-airport/", "first_published_at": "2021-10-21T16:25:41.843515Z", "last_published_at": "2021-10-21T16:26:14.693392Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-10-21T16:26:14.640930Z", "date": "2021-10-18", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Portland", "longitude": -122.67621, "latitude": 45.52345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Freelance journalist Sergio Olmos said he was subjected to secondary screening and questioning about his journalistic credentials while re-entering the United States in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 18, 2021.</p><p>Olmos, who did not respond to a request for comment, <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MrOlmos/status/1450285588196708355\">wrote on Twitter</a> shortly after 7 p.m. that he “went through an extended security check” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after landing at Portland International Airport.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Just went through an extended security check at CBP at PDX where the officer asked, with notepad in hand, where I went to journalism school. <br><br>I said it was none of his business, and so out came my underwear from my backpack.</p>&mdash; Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MrOlmos/status/1450285588196708355?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 19, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>“The officer asked, with notepad in hand, where I went to journalism school,” Olmos wrote. “I said it was none of his business, and so out came my underwear from my backpack.”</p><p>In a subsequent tweet, Olmos said a CBP officer searched his bag for approximately an hour with a supervisor watching, and refused to provide Olmos his name when asked. It was not immediately clear from Olmos’s posts whether he plans to file a complaint with the CBP Office of Internal Affairs.</p><p>The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented nearly 50 instances of journalists stopped at the border for secondary screening, asked intrusive questions about their work or been subjected to searches or seizures of their electronic devices. Find all instances of border stops <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/border-stop/\">here</a>.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": "Portland International Airport", "stopped_at_border": true, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": "unknown", "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": "unknown", "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": "unknown", "did_authorities_ask_about_work": "yes", "were_devices_searched_or_seized": "unknown", "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Border Stop" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Sergio Olmos (Freelance)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Missouri governor labels reporter a hacker, threatens criminal prosecution", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/missouri-governor-labels-reporter-a-hacker-threatens-criminal-prosecution/", "first_published_at": "2021-10-18T20:22:17.595497Z", "last_published_at": "2021-10-27T14:47:57.393381Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-10-27T14:47:57.360446Z", "date": "2021-10-13", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "St. Louis", "longitude": -90.19789, "latitude": 38.62727, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven accused St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist Josh Renaud of “hacking” a state website on Oct. 13, 2021, after Renaud reported a flaw in the website that exposed educators’ Social Security numbers. The following day, Parson announced an investigation into the alleged hacking and said the state would pursue criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit against Renaud and the newspaper, the Post-Dispatch <a href=\"https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/parson-issues-legal-threat-against-post-dispatch-after-database-flaws-exposed/article_93f4d7d6-f792-5b1b-b556-00b5cac23af3.html\">reported</a>.</p><p>Renaud discovered the vulnerability on a website maintained by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education while using a web application that allowed the public to search teacher certifications and credentials. While no private information was publicly visible, the Social Security numbers of 100,000 educators were contained in the HTML source code of the pages.</p><p>After identifying the flaw on Oct. 12, the Post-Dispatch reported the vulnerability to DESE and held <a href=\"https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-teachers-social-security-numbers-at-risk-on-state-agencys-website/article_f3339700-ece0-54a1-9a45-f300321b7c82.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=undefined_stltoday\">Renaud’s report</a> until the information was removed from the state website, according to the article.</p><p>In a <a href=\"https://dese.mo.gov/media/pdf/educator-data-incident-commissioner-letter\">letter sent to educators</a> the following day, Vandeven characterized the journalist’s actions as hacking, though she did not identify Renaud by name. Vandeven alleged that, “Through a multi-step process, an individual took the records of at least three educators, unencrypted the source code from the webpage, and viewed the social security (SSN) of those specific educators.”</p><p>A cybersecurity professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Shaji Khan, told the Post-Dispatch the data on the website had been encoded but not encrypted, making it easily accessible by anyone with a basic knowledge of web design and functionality.</p><p>On Oct. 14, Parson also asserted that Renaud was a hacker during a <a href=\"https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/parson-issues-legal-threat-against-post-dispatch-after-database-flaws-exposed/article_93f4d7d6-f792-5b1b-b556-00b5cac23af3.html\">press conference</a>, and said he had referred the case to the Cole County prosecutor and the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Digital Forensic Unit.</p><p>“This individual is not a victim. They were acting against the state agency to compromise teachers’ personal information in an attempt to embarrass the state and sell headlines for their news outlet,” Parson said. “We will not let this crime against Missouri teachers go unpunished and we refuse to let them be a pawn in the news outlet’s political vendetta. Not only are we going to hold this individual accountable but we will also be holding accountable all those who aided this individual and the media corporation that employs them.”</p><p><a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2021/10/14/mike-parson-st-louis-post-dispatch-hacker/\">According to The Washington Post</a>, the governor’s office indicated that Renaud may have violated a <a href=\"https://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=569.095\">Missouri law</a> against “tampering with computer data” — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine — and that another Missouri code <a href=\"https://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=537.525\">allows a civil suit</a> for damages.</p><p>When reached via email, Parson’s Communications Director Kelli R. Jones said she could not comment any more than what was already public, but provided the same Missouri statutes and a link to the <a href=\"https://oa.mo.gov/commissioners-office/news/state-missouri-addresses-data-vulnerability\">Office of Administration’s press release</a>.</p><p>“This information was not freely available, and there was no authorization given to tamper with computer data,” Jones said.</p><p>DESE Chief Communications Officer Mallory McGowin also declined to comment further and pointed to the OA press release, noting it is where the Information Technology Services Division is housed.</p><p>In response to an emailed request for comment from Renaud, the Post-Dispatch also declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation. In a statement provided by the outlet from Post-Dispatch Attorney Joe Martineau, he said Renaud acted responsibly by reporting his findings.</p><p>“A hacker is someone who subverts computer security with malicious or criminal intent. Here, there was no breach of any firewall or security and certainly no malicious intent,” Martineau said. “For DESE to deflect its failures by referring to this as ‘hacking” is unfounded. Thankfully, these failures were discovered.”</p><p>Freedom of the Press Foundation said Parson’s threats illustrate a fundamental misunderstanding of digital security.</p><p>“Whether expressly or unintentionally, this is an effort to intimidate a reporter who is doing important reporting and uncovering a newsworthy story,” ​​said Parker Higgins, advocacy director at FPF, where the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is housed.</p><p>In an <a href=\"https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-parson-attacks-reporter-who-discovered-teachers-personal-data-on-state-website/article_27768b8a-28eb-5aeb-b702-d9dfc3df1b2b.html\">editorial</a> responding to Vandeven’s assertions and Parson’s threats, the Post-Dispatch defended Renaud’s actions of alerting the state to the vulnerability and holding the story until the web feature was disabled.</p><p>“Predatory hackers don’t behave that way. Responsible journalists do. This is watchdog journalism at its finest,” the Editorial Board wrote. “The reactions by Parson and Vandeven seem designed to distract the public and hide the state’s embarrassment over its own gross negligence.”</p><p></p><p><i>Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect comments from the Missouri governor’s communications office and Margie Vandeven’s communications team.</i></p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Missouri", "abbreviation": "MO" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Chilling Statement" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Josh Renaud (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "CBS journalist shoved by University of Colorado football coach", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/cbs-journalist-shoved-by-university-of-colorado-football-coach/", "first_published_at": "2021-10-07T17:38:17.495533Z", "last_published_at": "2021-10-07T17:38:17.495533Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-10-07T17:38:17.459198Z", "date": "2021-10-02", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Boulder", "longitude": -105.27055, "latitude": 40.01499, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>A CBS4 Denver photographer was shoved by the University of Colorado’s head football coach after the team’s game on Oct. 2, 2021, at Folsom Field, in Boulder, Colorado.</p><p>In a video posted to Twitter, the unnamed CBS4 journalist captured the moment head coach Karl Dorrell shoved the camera down while he jogged off the football field.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">things are going well for Buffs football... <a href=\"https://t.co/oD41OS8DkD\">pic.twitter.com/oD41OS8DkD</a></p>&mdash; Ryan Greene 📷 (@RyanCBS4) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/RyanCBS4/status/1444424726022012930?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 2, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>CBS4 did not respond to a request for comment but reported that the photographer, who has <a href=\"https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/10/03/karl-dorrell-shoves-television-photographer-colorado-buffaloes-football-coach/\">covered sports for 25 years</a> and had the appropriate press credentials to be on the field at the time of the incident, did nothing to incite the reaction from Dorrell. CBS Denver’s vice president and general manager Tim Wieland criticized Dorrell’s behavior, calling it “unacceptable and unprofessional.”</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">This is unacceptable and unprofessional. A shove like that to a photojournalist carrying a heavy camera, looking thru a viewfinder, can cause him to lose balance and get hurt or damage the equipment. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/RickGeorgeCU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@RickGeorgeCU</a> <a href=\"https://t.co/zNr251cJ6w\">https://t.co/zNr251cJ6w</a></p>&mdash; Tim Wieland (@CBS4Tim) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/CBS4Tim/status/1444435064322813955?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 2, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Dorrell was not asked about the incident and did not mention it during his postgame press conference, as reported by the <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/college-football-entertainment-sports-media-football-943f78f451381c66d70ee39040eeb103\">AP</a>.</p><p>Later that day, the school’s athletic director, Rick George, took to Twitter to issue an apology on behalf of Dorrell, stating, “We treat journalists with respect and apologize for falling short of that today.”</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Coach Dorrell sends his apologies to the local journalist who he intercepted after today’s game. We treat journalists with respect and apologize for falling short of that today.</p>&mdash; Rick George (@RickGeorgeCU) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/RickGeorgeCU/status/1444458074094243841?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 3, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>The following morning, after receiving criticism on social media for not addressing the incident personally, Dorrell issued his own statement on the school’s <a href=\"https://cubuffs.com/\">athletics page</a>, apologizing to the photographer and attributing his reaction to his team’s fourth consecutive loss.</p><p>“I want to apologize for the incident at the end of our game Saturday. We do value the media and the coverage they provide for our program, and this was strictly in the heat of the moment,” the statement said. “That’s not who I am, and I hope people who have known me through the years do realize that. I did reach out and spoke directly this morning to the videographer from CBS-4 and personally apologized to him.”</p><p>University of Colorado’s athletic director did not respond to an emailed request for comment.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "public figure", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Colorado", "abbreviation": "CO" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "CBS4 Denver photographer (CBS4)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Bangladeshi journalist assaulted during press conference in New York", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/bangladeshi-journalist-assaulted-during-press-conference-in-new-york/", "first_published_at": "2021-10-01T16:23:29.140817Z", "last_published_at": "2021-10-01T16:23:29.140817Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-10-01T16:23:29.105313Z", "date": "2021-09-22", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "New York", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Bangladeshi journalist Farid Alam was physically attacked by individuals while at a press conference for the country’s ruling party, the Awami League, in New York City, New York, on Sept. 22, 2021.</p><p>Alam, the executive editor of News Communications Network, attended a news conference hosted by U.S.-based Awami League members, where Bangladesh Parliament member Abdus Sobhan Golap gave a briefing on the United Nations General Assembly.</p><p>Alam told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he asked the party leaders about the large delegation that accompanied Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the General Assembly.</p><p>“I asked why they had 141 members in their delegation during a pandemic and why they had chartered a plane. They weren’t happy with my question and attacked me,” Alam told the Tracker.</p><p>A video posted to<a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/100001595423534/videos/pcb.4570068759722926/593966654936981\"> Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists’ Facebook</a> page shows the Awami League members sitting on a stage, addressing Alam’s questions before individuals in the crowd begin shouting and confronting Alam.</p><p>When asked to translate the video, Alam said he was told he wasn’t allowed to ask questions. “I told them they held a press conference to answer questions. Then they started threatening me,” Alam said.</p><p>The video shows individuals rushing and grabbing at Alam from several directions. He said journalists around him quickly formed a circle in protection.</p><p>“They attacked me, kicking me multiple times, punching me,” Alam said. He said one man attempted to snatch his cell phone away and two people stole his wallet amid the struggle.</p><p>Alam said he was taken to Elmhurst hospital in Queens and treated for his injuries. Alam&#x27;s son confirmed that he reported the assault to a New York Police Department detective but has not received an update on the case.</p><p>The following day, New York-based Bangladeshi journalists held a <a href=\"https://fb.watch/8e4LQ8xiaB/\">protest</a> condemning Alam’s assault and announced a boycott against Awami League sponsored events at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens, a borough of New York City.</p><p>The USA Awami League could not be reached for comment.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "New York", "abbreviation": "NY" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Farid Alam (News Communication Network)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Border Report correspondent detained photographing outside Texas Air Force base", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/border-report-correspondent-detained-photographing-outside-texas-air-force-base/", "first_published_at": "2021-10-01T17:06:02.077702Z", "last_published_at": "2021-10-01T17:06:02.077702Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-10-01T17:06:02.035464Z", "date": "2021-09-19", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Del Rio", "longitude": -100.89676, "latitude": 29.36273, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Border Report correspondent Sandra Sanchez was detained for 45 minutes and threatened with arrest by Laughlin Air Force Base military police in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 19, 2021.</p><p>Sanchez was photographing Laughlin Air Force Base signs outside the base’s gates while reporting on the Del Rio encampment, where more than 12,000 Haitian migrants seeking asylum had settled along the banks of the Rio Grande while waiting to cross into the United States from Mexico.</p><p>The day before, Department of Homeland Security officials had announced during a press conference that deportation flights carrying Haitian migrants would be departing from the <a href=\"https://www.borderreport.com/hot-topics/immigration/biden-admin-speeds-up-plan-to-fly-thousands-of-haitians-out-of-texas-border-city/\">Laughlin base’s airfields</a>, which is located just east of the Del Rio border.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">So I almost got arrested today by military police covering this story in Del Rio, Texas. I was detained for nearly an hour. Details in my <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/BorderReport?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#BorderReport</a> blog. <a href=\"https://t.co/muGgvD4C8O\">https://t.co/muGgvD4C8O</a></p>&mdash; Sandra Sanchez (@SandraESanchez) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/SandraESanchez/status/1439711408569176069?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 19, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>When asked for comment, Sanchez referred the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker to a Border Report <a href=\"https://www.borderreport.com/hot-topics/immigration/live-blog-fallout-as-del-rio-international-bridge-closes-amid-migrant-influx-on-texas-border-town/\">blog</a> detailing the incident. According to the post, Sanchez was not on the base when she took still photos and a short video of the military base sign when military police detained her, claiming she had illegally entered federal property.</p><p>Border Report stated there were no signs indicating where public property ended and the military base began. According to the blog, military police claimed base property extends north of the gates she was photographing.</p><p>A Val Verde County deputy sheriff was called to the base while Sanchez was being held but military police refused to release her. The deputy sheriff did not respond to phone messages seeking comment.</p><p>Before releasing her without charges, military police required that they witness her delete the photos and video of the base, the blog said.</p><p>Laughlin Air Force Base Public Affairs office did not respond to requests for comment by the Tracker.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": "Laughlin Air Force Base military police", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": "returned in full", "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": "law enforcement", "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [ { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "camera" } ], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Texas", "abbreviation": "TX" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge", "Equipment Search or Seizure" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Sandra Sanchez (Border Report)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Independent journalist harassed, equipment damaged at LA anti-vaccine rally", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-harassed-equipment-damaged-at-la-anti-vaccine-rally/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-27T15:15:08.719614Z", "last_published_at": "2021-11-09T21:15:39.924289Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-11-09T21:15:39.872623Z", "date": "2021-09-18", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Independent videographer and photographer Emily Molli was assaulted while gathering footage of an anti-vaccine rally outside Los Angeles City Hall in California on Sept. 18, 2021.</p><p>Molli told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker she was doused with an oily substance and her camera equipment was damaged while covering what organizers called a “fight for medical freedom” rally.</p><p>She told the Tracker she had not initially planned on covering the rally because of recent violent eruptions that have <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?categories=10&amp;city=Los%20Angeles&amp;date_lower=2021-08-14&amp;date_upper=2021-08-14&amp;state=8\">occurred at these events</a> but changed her mind and began photographing the speakers several feet away from the crowd. Molli estimated there were close to 50 people at the rally in addition to about two dozen others who were watching from the sidewalk.</p><p>Molli said she had not taken her cell phone or her usual press credentials and helmet labeled “PRESS” because her last-minute decision to photograph the event had not given her enough time to prepare.</p><p>However, after covering these rallies in the past, Molli said she believed other reporters covering the event would recognize her and at the very least her professional camera would identify her as a reporter.</p><p>According to Molli, she was gathering footage of the protest for approximately five minutes when an individual walked up behind her and started hovering over her shoulder.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">This was the only shot I got at the park before I was accused of doxxing. Delusional. <a href=\"https://t.co/76oKO7hlDT\">pic.twitter.com/76oKO7hlDT</a></p>&mdash; Emily Molli (@emilymolli) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/emilymolli/status/1439342607117651968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 18, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>“I decided at that point I should probably just leave and I started walking away, when more people caught up with me,” Molli said.</p><p>The group continued to follow her, accusing her of “doxxing” people in the crowd and being part of the far-left-wing movement antifa.</p><p>“In the past, people would sometimes recognize me as a reporter and leave me alone but I knew there was no getting through to these people,” she said.</p><p>Molli said she tried to calm the group by telling them she supported freedom of expression and the right to peacefully assemble but by then a man had tried to take her camera out of her hands.</p><p>“I was filming just in case something happened — most of the time it does,” Molli said. “As I’m waiting to cross the street someone pumps up a super soaker full of glitter, some kind of oil, and water and shoots me in the back, the back of the head, and my camera.”</p><p>Molli managed to get away from the group and walked over to a police officer in a patrol car that had just arrived at the event. She reported the assault and equipment damage to the officer but was directed to file a police report online.</p><p>Knowing she wasn’t going to get a name or description of the masked individual who had doused her for the report, Molli said she walked away, but a woman continued to follow her, shoving a sign in front of her camera.</p><p>Molli told the Tracker she approached a man across the street from the rally and asked to borrow his cell phone to call her colleague. Molli, who distributes her work through wire services or directly to clients, said she essentially lost a full day of work after her camera was soaked. The substance got onto the camera lens and into the air vents but she will not know the full extent of the damage until she tries to use it again.</p><p>Molli said she did not intend to file a police report about the incident.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "unknown", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [ { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "camera" } ], "state": { "name": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "coronavirus", "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack", "Equipment Damage" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Emily Molli (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Reporter, public removed from Illinois city council meeting", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/reporter-public-removed-from-illinois-city-council-meeting/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-22T17:52:09.363927Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-22T17:52:09.363927Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-22T17:52:09.333318Z", "date": "2021-09-13", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Country Club Hills", "longitude": -87.72033, "latitude": 41.56809, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Erica Chiang, editor-in-chief for The Southland Journal, was told to stop filming and ordered to leave a city council meeting in Country Club Hills, Illinois, on Sept. 13, 2021.</p><p>Chiang told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker she covered the city council meeting without incident until the public comments portion of the meeting. In <a href=\"https://thesouthlandjournal.com/ford-violates-open-meetings-act-empties-room-of-all-citizens-and-press/\">an account</a> for the Journal, Chiang wrote that when an alderman attempted to respond to an attendee’s comment, Mayor James Ford interrupted.</p><p>“That caused the crowd to get a little upset, and maybe two or three people were like, ‘Let him speak, let him speak,’” Chiang said. “So that prompted the mayor to try to shut down the meeting to the public.”</p><p>Ford ordered the room to be emptied, but Chiang said she remained seated and continued filming; when the mayor noticed her, he said she needed his permission to record and ordered that she be removed as well.</p><p>“I’m a member of the press,” Chiang can be heard saying in her <a href=\"https://youtu.be/zo3YzRzysmQ\">recording</a> of the incident. “This is a public meeting, I have every right to record a public meeting. I don’t need permission; it is a public meeting.”</p><p>According to the Illinois <a href=\"https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=84&amp;ChapterID=2\">Open Meetings Act</a>, “Any person may record the proceedings at meetings required to be open by this Act by tape, film or other means. The authority holding the meeting shall prescribe reasonable rules to govern the right to make such recordings.”</p><p>“It was a surprise that he would say I couldn’t record without his permission, considering the Open Meetings Act clearly spells out what I can and cannot do,” Chiang told the Tracker. “I was not obstructing, I was seated and I was just recording with my phone out as I had been.”</p><p>Chiang said she has been in contact with an attorney about the incident and is considering next steps.</p><p>Ford did not respond to an emailed request for comment.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Illinois", "abbreviation": "IL" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [ "Mayor James Ford" ], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Denial of Access" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Erica Chiang (The Southland Journal)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Independent journalist chased, assaulted by mob during protest in Oregon", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-chased-assaulted-by-mob-during-protest-in-oregon/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-21T19:57:17.925419Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-21T19:57:17.925419Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-21T19:57:17.893457Z", "date": "2021-09-04", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Olympia", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Independent journalist Alissa Azar tweeted that she was chased and assaulted by a mob of Proud Boys wearing helmets and carrying shields as she covered a protest in Olympia, Oregon, on Sept. 4, 2021.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">This is the moment I was attacked. You can’t see actually it happen but you can hear me screaming for them to get off of me as they celebrate my assault and encourage more. evac’d &amp; out safely. I don’t wanna recap at the moment so I’ll update later. <a href=\"https://t.co/0c6bWzcm0J\">https://t.co/0c6bWzcm0J</a></p>&mdash; alissa azar (@AlissaAzar) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/AlissaAzar/status/1434316536945299459?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 5, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Business Insider <a href=\"https://www.businessinsider.com/washington-proud-boys-leader-shot-in-antifa-clash-at-covid-19-protest-2021-9\">reported</a> that the protest was organized near the state capitol as an anti-COVID-19 demonstration.</p><p>Video posted on Twitter shows the gang suddenly change direction and head towards Azar, shouting her name, surrounding her and pulling her to the ground.</p><p>She said on Twitter she had been walking with a group but had separated from them to walk a short distance when she was suddenly targeted by a group of about 50 Proud Boys.</p><p>In another <a href=\"https://twitter.com/chadloder/status/1434617753290174465?s=20\">video</a>, members of the mob can be heard shouting “get her” and “whip her ass,” and then are seen leaving the scene laughing. Many of them are masked and wearing helmets and body armour.</p><p>Azar, who did not respond to a request by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker for a comment, <a href=\"https://twitter.com/AlissaAzar/status/1434278767644405760?s=20\">tweeted right after the attack</a> that people in a nearby bar in Olympia helped her get away. “I ran as fast as I could. They caught me and pulled my hair and shoved me to the ground then bear maced me.”</p><p>In a separate tweet she added: “Not OK and shaking, but safe now and have protection.”</p><p>The Olympia Police Department did not respond to a U.S. Press Freedom Tracker request for a comment.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "coronavirus", "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Alissa Azar (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "NBC News correspondent harassed while reporting live on Hurricane Ida in Mississippi", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/nbc-news-correspondent-harassed-while-reporting-live-on-hurricane-ida-in-mississippi/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-15T22:13:00.501439Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-15T22:13:00.501439Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-15T22:13:00.467912Z", "date": "2021-08-30", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Gulfport", "longitude": -89.09282, "latitude": 30.36742, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>NBC News correspondent Shaquille Brewster was interrupted and confronted by a man while reporting live on the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Aug. 30, 2021.</p><p>In the news segment, as Brewster begins reporting on the scene, a white pickup truck pulls up and a man in a white shirt runs toward the news crew. Brewster then moves slightly toward his left so that the camera pivots away from the man, but as he continues to speak, the man’s shouting can be heard off camera. As Brewster tosses it back to MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, the man enters the frame and yells in Brewster’s face, seemingly reaching for him or his microphone, before the segment cuts away.</p><p>“Brewster used his forearm to shield himself as the man walked back up to him and incoherently rambled ‘report accurately!’ before the producer and the photographer were able to separate the men,” according to an <a href=\"https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-confronts-nbc-news-correspondent-shaquille-brewster-live-tv-during-n1278053\">NBC News article</a> on the incident. “The heckler then left.” Brewster confirmed these details with the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.</p><p>After the incident, Melvin provided an update on air. “You probably saw or heard a few moments ago, one of our correspondents was disrupted by some wacky guy during his live shot there in Mississippi. Pleased to report that Shaquille Brewster is just fine. Shaq is okay.”</p><p>“Appreciate the concern guys,” Brewster<a href=\"https://twitter.com/shaqbrewster/status/1432367373835702275?s=20\"> wrote</a> on Twitter after the incident. “The team and I are all good!”</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!</p>&mdash; Shaquille Brewster (@shaqbrewster) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/shaqbrewster/status/1432367373835702275?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 30, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>In a tweeted<a href=\"https://twitter.com/GulfportPolice/status/1432455733967208454?s=20\"> news release</a> from Aug. 30, the Gulfport Police Department requested the “public&#x27;s assistance in identifying a suspect that was causing a disturbance during a live news feed” and within the hour, the department reported that the individual has been identified.</p><p>According to a 3:14 p.m.<a href=\"https://twitter.com/GulfportPolice/status/1432799073212452864\"> tweet</a> the following day, Gulfport police stated that “arrest warrants were issued... charging [the man] with two counts of Simple Assault, one count of Disturbance of the Peace, and one count of Violation of Emergency Curfew.” The man was booked into the Montgomery County jail, according to <a href=\"https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ohio-man-arrested-days-after-confronting-nbc-news-shaquille-brewster-n1278399\">NBC News</a>.</p><p>The Gulfport Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Mississippi", "abbreviation": "MS" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Shaquille Brewster (NBC News)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Reporter shoved, punched during anti-mask demonstration in Traverse City, Michigan", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/reporter-shoved-punched-during-anti-mask-demonstration-in-traverse-city-michigan/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-02T19:46:04.634175Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-15T16:01:54.833353Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-15T16:01:54.793208Z", "date": "2021-08-26", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Traverse City", "longitude": -85.62063, "latitude": 44.76306, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Traverse City Record-Eagle reporter Brendan Quealy was shoved to the ground and punched in the face while covering an anti-mask demonstration near Traverse City, Michigan, on Aug. 26, 2021.</p><p>Quealy <a href=\"https://www.record-eagle.com/news/sheriff-investigating-attack-on-r-e-reporter/article_343b2098-0792-11ec-8def-eb760c876c87.html?utm_source=record-eagle.com&amp;utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Flists%2Fheadlines%2F%3F-dc%3D1630150221&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=headline\">told the Record-Eagle</a> that he arrived at the Silver Lake Recreation Area at 6:15 p.m. to cover an event organized by a group called Citizens Liverating Michigan. When the event began, one of the organizers announced to the crowd of 80 to 100 that filming would not be permitted, and specifically addressed Quealy.</p><p>“There’s no reporting, Brendan,” the organizer said, according to the Record-Eagle. “We don’t authorize that. So, you guys feel like standing in front of him? Because we’re on private property here because we have that rented. That would be great.”</p><p>Two men approached him, Quealy told the outlet, telling him to leave and pushing him. One of the men then shoved him into a wooden fence and punched him in the face with both fists before others in the group intervened to stop the attack.</p><p>The Record-Eagle reported that the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.</p><p>“We are interviewing witnesses and a report will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office probably Monday or Tuesday,” Sheriff Tom Bensley told the newspaper. “I know the concern you have.</p><p>“There are some people out there that are not happy with the news outlets. We’ve had two incidents in a short period of time,” Bensley said, referencing the June 7 <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?targeted_institutions=534\">assault of a television crew</a> at an event with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.</p><p>The Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for further information.</p><p>Quealy declined to comment when reached via email, citing the sheriff’s ongoing investigation. He <a href=\"https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/08/28/traverse-city-reporter-punched-anti-mask/5635955001/\">told the Detroit Free Press</a>: “My job is to chase the news, to accurately report it and that&#x27;s what I was doing.”</p><p>Record-Eagle Executive Editor Nathan Payne denounced the assault and the rise in aggression toward journalists doing their jobs in a statement to the outlet.</p><p>“Our journalists have an important job rooted in public service,” he said. “They should be able to go to work without fear of being attacked for doing nothing more than asking questions, gathering facts and telling truths.”</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Michigan", "abbreviation": "MI" }, "updates": [ "(2021-09-10 12:01:00+00:00) Two men charged with assaulting reporter during anti-mask demonstration in Michigan" ], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "coronavirus" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Brendan Quealy (Traverse City Record-Eagle)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Independent journalist assaulted, equipment damaged during Portland protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-assaulted-equipment-damaged-during-portland-protest/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-15T20:26:13.380629Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-23T13:31:44.589121Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-23T13:31:44.515552Z", "date": "2021-08-22", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Portland", "longitude": -122.67621, "latitude": 45.52345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Independent journalist Maranie Staab was assaulted multiple times and several pieces of her equipment were damaged while she was covering clashing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 22, 2021.</p><p>Far-right demonstrators had planned for the “summer of love” protest in support of the “political prisoners” of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to take place downtown, The Intercept <a href=\"https://theintercept.com/2021/08/23/portland-police-proud-boys-protest\">reported</a>, but had moved the location that morning to an abandoned Kmart parking lot in east Portland following the announcement of several counterprotests.</p><p>The Portland Police Bureau announced ahead of the dueling demonstrations that officers would not intervene in any resulting clashes.</p><p>“You should not expect to see police officers standing in the middle of the crowd trying to keep people apart,” Chief Chuck Lovell <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/portland-59abd74450bd0a0a166cd8d2b1f76c0e\">said in a statement</a>. “People should keep themselves apart and avoid physical confrontation.”</p><p>Staab told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker she was covering the planned demonstration for the Russian video news agency Ruptly and had arrived at the demonstration before its 2:30 p.m. start. Staab said that approximately 200 demonstrators had gathered, and the general mood was calm as the crowd listened to speeches from a platform.</p><p>At around 4 p.m., Staab said, tensions rose when left-wing counterprotesters in black bloc arrived; far-right demonstrators began firing airsoft guns and antifascists responded with fireworks and clouds of mace.</p><p>Staab told the Tracker that when both sides fell back, many of the journalists present found themselves in the middle of a no-man’s land between the two groups.</p><p>“I was first sprayed with something from behind — I didn’t see the person so I only saw it in a video — with what I thought was WD-40,” Staab said, referring to a rust-prevention spray. “It definitely wasn’t mace. Someone else said it was hornet spray or wasp spray or something.”</p><p><a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1430278909048889345\">Footage of the incident</a> shows an individual quickly running past her and deliberately targeting her with the spray.</p><p>Not long after the initial attack, Staab said, an antifa protester approached her and began belittling her personally, accusing her of endangering the community with her recent trip to Colombia and calling her a “slut.”</p><p>“That group has never liked being documented. There’s been 10 to 15 that have been on the ground pretty consistently for the past year,” Staab said. “There are people that take particular issue with me.”</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Antifascists threatened to &quot;smash cameras&quot; of journalists, and targeted <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MaranieRae?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@MaranieRae</a> personally.<br><br>She approached to speak to their group, and they shot paint and mace at her and threw her on the ground.<br><br>As she recovered, one shot more paint at both her and press helping her. <a href=\"https://t.co/XKgDxvFc5D\">pic.twitter.com/XKgDxvFc5D</a></p>&mdash; Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1429660955034624005?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 23, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Staab said the demonstrator told her to stop filming the group, but she refused.</p><p>“Pretty immediately someone grabbed my cell phone out of my hand — it was on a little, small gimbal — threw it on the ground and smashed it,” Staab said. “Then someone pulled me down by my camera strap, which was on my right arm.”</p><p>Staab said when she tried to get up, individuals also threw a paint-filled balloon at her and maced her. Several other journalists then led Staab away from the counterprotesters and aided her in rinsing her eyes.</p><p>“It is only because of my colleagues that I got out of there OK,” Staab said.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Journalist <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MaranieRae?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@MaranieRae</a> has been injured, receiving treatment from medics now during street clashes between Proud Boys and Antifa in Portland. <a href=\"https://t.co/RjBK5rP4YX\">pic.twitter.com/RjBK5rP4YX</a></p>&mdash; Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/PDXzane/status/1429583652090880002?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 22, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p><a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1429660955034624005\">Footage captured</a> by News2Share co-founder Ford Fischer shows that while the journalists were helping Staab, another individual approached the group of journalists and sprayed them with purple paint. Some of the paint obscured Fischer’s lens, hindering his ability to continue covering events that day. The Tracker has documented <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/videojournalists-camera-sprayed-with-paint-during-clashing-portland-demonstrations/\">his equipment damage here</a>.</p><p>In Fischer’s footage, Staab’s press credential can be seen on a lanyard around her neck. Staab told the Tracker she sat on a curb for at least an hour to an hour and a half recovering from the mace before she was able to safely leave the area and return home.</p><p>In addition to the deliberate damage to her cellphone, Staab said the gimbal it was on is gone, her fall caused a crack in her camera lens and her Canon DSLR body was damaged by the paint balloon.</p><p>“This rounded out a year for me and others where we’ve been assaulted by the police, by persons on the right and now this,” Staab said. “To me this is really just an underscore of how dangerous this job has become.”</p><p>Staab told the Tracker she doesn’t intend to file a police report about the incidents.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [ { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "camera" }, { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "mobile phone" }, { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "camera lens" }, { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "gimbal" } ], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack", "Equipment Damage" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Maranie Staab (Ruptly)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Videojournalist’s camera sprayed with paint during clashing Portland demonstrations", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/videojournalists-camera-sprayed-with-paint-during-clashing-portland-demonstrations/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-15T20:37:51.654036Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-15T20:37:51.654036Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-15T20:37:51.609720Z", "date": "2021-08-22", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Portland", "longitude": -122.67621, "latitude": 45.52345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>A demonstrator sprayed the camera of Ford Fischer, co-founder and editor-in-chief of News2Share, with paint while he was documenting demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 22, 2021.</p><p>Far-right demonstrators had planned for the “summer of love” protest in support of the “political prisoners” of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to take place downtown, The Intercept <a href=\"https://theintercept.com/2021/08/23/portland-police-proud-boys-protest\">reported</a>, but had moved the location that morning to an abandoned Kmart parking lot in east Portland following the announcement of several counterprotests.</p><p>The Portland Police Bureau announced ahead of the dueling demonstrations that officers would not intervene in any resulting clashes.</p><p>“You should not expect to see police officers standing in the middle of the crowd trying to keep people apart,” Chief Chuck Lovell <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/portland-59abd74450bd0a0a166cd8d2b1f76c0e\">said in a statement</a>. “People should keep themselves apart and avoid physical confrontation.”</p><p>Fischer told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that far-right demonstrators had gathered and started drinking beer in the parking lot, with speeches beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. After an hour and a half, Fischer said, tensions rose and conflicts began breaking out when some counterprotesters in black bloc arrived at the Kmart.</p><p>“Very suddenly everything changed tone,” Fischer said. “You had Proud Boys who were beginning to shoot paintballs and so forth at these antifascists, who were shooting mace and fireworks.”</p><p>At approximately 4:10 p.m., according to <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrOvJwRM_ew\">Fischer’s livestream</a>, one of the counterprotesters approached independent journalist Maranie Rae Staab and began shouting at her. When Staab attempted to speak with the counterprotester, another protester grabbed and destroyed her phone while others threw her to the ground, maced and struck her with a paint balloon.</p><p>“We, the rest of the media, sort of pulled her away from them,” Fischer said. “As she was recovering, one person in black bloc approached and sprayed all of the press with paint again.”</p><p>Fischer said it appeared that the individual was using a fire extinguisher filled with paint, adapting what he said was a common leftist tactic of using paint balloons to mark “combatants” or damage electronic devices.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Antifascists threatened to &quot;smash cameras&quot; of journalists, and targeted <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MaranieRae?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@MaranieRae</a> personally.<br><br>She approached to speak to their group, and they shot paint and mace at her and threw her on the ground.<br><br>As she recovered, one shot more paint at both her and press helping her. <a href=\"https://t.co/XKgDxvFc5D\">pic.twitter.com/XKgDxvFc5D</a></p>&mdash; Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1429660955034624005?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 23, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Fischer told the Tracker that his 4K video camera was caught in the paint spray, covering the lens with drops of paint that hindered the auto-focus and disrupted his coverage of the clashes.</p><p>“The end result is that a lot of the footage that came since then was blurry and obscured by paint,” Fischer said. “It was not long after that assault that the Proud Boys piled on this individual who appeared to be a leftist in a vehicle transporting water bottles.</p><p>“While there was a lot of incredible photography of that incident, I think that my video is probably still the best recording of that and frankly it’s quite impeded, it’s probably not as decisive or clear as to who did what as it would have been if that hadn’t happened.”</p><p>Fischer said that while he was able to clean most of the paint off the lens, there is still paint in the mechanisms on the side of the camera and he will need to have it professionally cleaned.</p><p>Fischer told the Tracker he has not filed a police report about the incident.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Fischer.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p>While documenting opposing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, a demonstrator sprayed the camera of Ford Fisher, co-founder and editor-in-chief of News2Share, disrupting his ability to cover the clashes.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, 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class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Freelance journalist Shane Burley was shot with an airsoft gun projectile while on assignment for digital outlet Truthout documenting clashes between right- and left-wing protesters in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 22, 2021.</p><p>Far-right demonstrators had planned for the “summer of love” protest in support of the “political prisoners” of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to take place downtown, The Intercept <a href=\"https://theintercept.com/2021/08/23/portland-police-proud-boys-protest\">reported</a>, but had moved the location that morning to an abandoned Kmart parking lot in east Portland following the announcement of several counterprotests.</p><p>The Portland Police Bureau announced ahead of the dueling demonstrations that officers would not intervene in any resulting clashes.</p><p>“You should not expect to see police officers standing in the middle of the crowd trying to keep people apart,” Chief Chuck Lovell <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/portland-59abd74450bd0a0a166cd8d2b1f76c0e\">said in a statement</a>. “People should keep themselves apart and avoid physical confrontation.”</p><p>Burley told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he started the day covering the antifa counterprotest in downtown Portland, where approximately 200 young people in black bloc had gathered. When some in the crowd began talking about making their way to the far-right demonstration in the neighborhood of Parkrose, Burley said he drove over as well.</p><p>“I pull up into the parking lot on the south side and can see that [the Proud Boys] are mostly in front of the Kmart on the north side,” Burley said. “So I stop, I see KGW — which is an NBC affiliate — and I stop and I say, ‘Hey, I’m a reporter on assignment. What’s the safe way to go in here?’ And they’re like, ‘There is no safe way. They just flipped a van over there.’”</p><p>Burley said he parked at a Wendy’s across the street and then ran over to begin documenting the demonstration.</p><p>“Within a few minutes of being there, a couple of activist people came up behind me and they were shouting or something and then people started shooting what I think is paintballs,” Burley said. “I’m holding a bulletproof helmet, so I just put that in front of my face but I get hit five or six times.”</p><p>Shortly after 5 p.m. Burley <a href=\"https://twitter.com/shane_burley1/status/1429595322792103939\">posted a clip</a> to Twitter of the incident, which begins with him swearing as he is struck.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">I got hit with a paintball. They are shooting paintballs and pepper spray at press and demonstrators. <a href=\"https://t.co/CgFYB5otcO\">pic.twitter.com/CgFYB5otcO</a></p>&mdash; Shane Burley (@shane_burley1) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/shane_burley1/status/1429595322792103939?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 23, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>In another <a href=\"https://twitter.com/shane_burley1/status/1430279263798759429\">tweet</a>, Burley clarified that he was not sure what type of projectile had struck him, but may have been a rubber ball fired from a paintball gun. He <a href=\"https://twitter.com/shane_burley1/status/1429656761342971904\">retweeted a video</a> posted by Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling showing someone in fatigues firing a paintball gun at people off-screen.</p><p>“I was hit by this, they were aiming them at protesters and next at press. I clearly had a press badge on, as did all the press shot,” Burley wrote. The Tracker was not able to confirm whether other journalists were struck during the demonstration.</p><p>Burley told the Tracker he felt deliberately targeted because in addition to his press badge, the helmet he held in front of his face was labeled “PRESS” and he shouted out that he was press before and while he was being shot.</p><p>“There’s no way that he didn’t think that I was press, plus it was a press group that they opened fire on,” Burley said. “None of this was justifiable.”</p><p>Burley said he has not filed a police report about the incident.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Shane Burley (Truthout)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Reporter subpoenaed to give evidence at Missouri murder trial", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/reporter-subpoenaed-to-give-evidence-at-missouri-murder-trial/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-15T19:30:33.057676Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-15T19:30:33.057676Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-15T19:30:33.019763Z", "date": "2021-08-20", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Columbia", "longitude": -92.33407, "latitude": 38.95171, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>A judge in Missouri has allowed a reporter to be subpoenaed to give evidence at a murder trial.</p><p>The prosecutors have subpoenaed Gladys Bautista, a former reporter for CBS affiliate KRCG 13 in Columbia, Missouri. Bautista, now a reporter for WLKY in Louisville, Kentucky, will be asked to return to Columbia to attend the trial, according to a <a href=\"https://krcgtv.com/news/local/prosecutors-want-former-krcg-reporter-to-testify-in-joseph-elledge-murder-trial\">report by KRCG</a>.</p><p>The Boone County prosecutor’s office confirmed that the court had signed an order for the subpoena on Aug. 20, 2021.</p><p>Prosecutors charged Joseph Elledge with first-degree murder in the 2019 death of his wife, Mengqi Ji.</p><p>Prosecutors said exclusive interview footage with Bautista showed Elledge was lying when he said he didn’t know his wife’s whereabouts after reporting her missing.</p><p>The murder trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 1, the report said.</p><p>Bautista and KRCG did not reply to requests from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker for a comment.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": "other testimony", "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Missouri", "abbreviation": "MO" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Gladys Bautista (KRCG 13)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "carried out" ] }, { "title": "Twitter account of Fla. governor’s press secretary suspended for ‘abusive behavior’ against an AP reporter", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/twitter-account-of-fla-governors-press-secretary-suspended-for-abusive-behavior-against-an-ap-reporter/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-15T21:38:26.633327Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-15T21:38:26.633327Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-15T21:38:26.601545Z", "date": "2021-08-20", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": null, "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Twitter temporarily suspended the account of Christina Pushaw, press secretary to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, on Aug. 20, 2021, for violating rules on abusive behavior after a series of her tweets incited harassment and online violence against an Associated Press reporter, <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/business-health-arts-and-entertainment-coronavirus-pandemic-philanthropy-ae3f2d37495c5a1d6c7eb2e18f825b26\">according to the outlet</a>.</p><p>Florida-based AP reporter Brendan Farrington <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-business-health-coronavirus-pandemic-4d0d18b24e0dd41de2424e19b3ed994f\">published a story</a> on Aug. 17, noting that a major funder of the DeSantis campaign invests in Regeneron, a COVID-19 treatment drug that DeSantis has promoted in Florida.</p><p>According to the AP and the <a href=\"https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2021/08/28/press-secretary-christina-pushaws-unneeded-meltdown-over-a-routine-news-story-editorial/\">Tampa Bay Times</a>, Pushaw retweeted Farrington’s article and wrote “Drag them” in a now-deleted post.</p><p>AP reported that the press secretary wrote in another tweet that if Farrington didn’t change a story, she would “put you on blast.” She also retweeted a message that said “Light. Them. Up.” in reference to the AP.</p><p>Pushaw’s Twitter account was locked for 12 hours after Farrington tweeted that he had received online threats and hate messages about the story. He said: “For your sake, I hope government doesn’t threaten your safety. I’ll be fine, I hope. Freedom. Just please don’t kill me,” according to the AP report. According to the outlet <a href=\"https://floridapolitics.com/archives/452054-twitter-suspends-account-of-ron-desantis-press-secretary-after-harassing-ap-reporter/\">Florida Politics</a>, Farrington said he received death threats.</p><p>Pushaw denied trying to direct the governor’s followers to target the AP reporter. She said her “drag them” comment was social media slang and was not meant as a violent threat. She said she deleted it because she didn’t want it to be misinterpreted, according to the AP.</p><p>When asked for comment, Pushaw told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker: “Criticizing unethical and misleading reporting isn’t ‘harassment’.”</p><p>AP’s incoming CEP, Daisy Veerasingham, <a href=\"https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E9QEZ5jWUAAx7a_.jpg\">wrote to DeSantis</a> saying the actions of the press secretary were “both dangerous and in conflict with Florida’s constitutional protections for freedom of speech and of the press.”</p><p>Veerasingham also wrote that this kind of harassing behavior can “cause great harm.”</p><p>DeSantis responded with <a href=\"https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Lttr-1-crop.png\">an official letter</a> calling the AP story “a false narrative” and the blowback “deserved.”</p><p>Brian Carovillano, AP’s vice president and managing editor, said: “This is not pushback, it’s harassment. It’s bullying. It’s calling out the trolls at somebody who is just doing his job and it’s putting him and his family at risk.”</p><p>The Tracker approached Twitter and Farrington for comments, but received no response. AP referred the Tracker to the published story.</p><p>Farrington’s tweets are now restricted, so the Tracker was not able to see his posts about the incident.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": null, "was_journalist_targeted": null, "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Florida", "abbreviation": "FL" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Chilling Statement" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Brendan Farrington (The Associated Press)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Reporter assaulted during Miami anti-mask mandate protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/reporter-assaulted-during-miami-anti-mask-mandate-protest/", "first_published_at": "2021-08-26T13:23:17.635642Z", "last_published_at": "2021-08-26T13:23:17.635642Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-08-26T13:23:17.609922Z", "date": "2021-08-18", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Miami", "longitude": -80.19366, "latitude": 25.77427, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Danny Rivero, a reporter for south Florida’s NPR and PBS stations, WLRN Public Media, was assaulted after taking a photo of anti-mask demonstrators in Miami, Florida, on Aug. 18, 2021.</p><p>Rivero, who did not respond to messages requesting comment, <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TooMuchMe/status/1428125337934761985\">wrote on Twitter</a> he was covering protests against coronavirus mandates outside the Miami-Dade County Public Schools headquarters. At 6:45 p.m., Rivero said he had just been assaulted by a man he identified as a member of the Proud Boys, a violent far-right group.</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Was just assaulted for doing my job at an anti-mask mandate protest <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MDCPS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@MDCPS</a> headquarters by this Proud Boy in the yellow, for taking this photo. (I took many photos of many people on the scene.)<br><br>Some <a href=\"https://twitter.com/MiamiPD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@MiamiPD</a> officers came and pushed the Proud Boys off of me. No arrests. <a href=\"https://t.co/GIm9Zn7bUw\">pic.twitter.com/GIm9Zn7bUw</a></p>&mdash; Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TooMuchMe/status/1428125337934761985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 18, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>In Rivero’s police report about the incident, reviewed by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, he said that he was approached by three suspects, one of whom grabbed him by the arm and pushed him, telling him, “I will fuck you up!&quot;</p><p>“The police escorted me across the street, and for a minute all eyes were on me on both sides of the line. But it’s not about me, it’s about the story,” he wrote in a <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TooMuchMe/status/1428125931999305732\">follow-up tweet</a>. Rivero added that he was “totally fine” and was able to continue conducting interviews and photographing the demonstrations.</p><p>The Miami Police Department confirmed to the Tracker that Rivero filed a police report about the incident on Aug. 19.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Florida", "abbreviation": "FL" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "coronavirus", "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Danny Rivero (WLRN Public Media)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Video journalist attacked, sprayed with chemical irritant while covering anti-vaccine rally in LA", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/video-journalist-attacked-sprayed-with-chemical-irritant-while-covering-anti-vaccine-rally-in-la/", "first_published_at": "2021-09-22T18:57:56.136033Z", "last_published_at": "2021-09-22T18:57:56.136033Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-09-22T18:57:56.101100Z", "date": "2021-08-14", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Jake Lee Green, an independent video journalist for News2Share, a collective that sells footage to news outlets, was <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lkMYFzWqj8\">slapped, kicked and sprayed with a chemical irritant</a> while covering an anti-vaccination rally in Los Angeles, California, on Aug. 14, 2021.</p><p>Green told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he was covering the “stop socialism, choose freedom march against medical tyranny” rally, a demonstration outside LA’s City Hall, where demonstrators gathered to protest against mask and vaccination mandates.</p><p>When counterprotesters arrived, Green moved away from the gathering to record a brawl that had broken out on the outskirts of the rally. Footage of the incident shared on <a href=\"https://twitter.com/JLeeQuinn/status/1426972897751404548\">Twitter</a> shows an individual slap Green, who was wearing a black ballistic helmet and flak jacket, both labeled “PRESS.”</p><p>Video footage shows the same person then swinging a helmet at Green while a second individual kicked Green and then grabbed at his camera in an attempt to pull it away. In footage captured by Green, he is heard identifying himself as a journalist.</p><p>Green said he backed away from the crowd to readjust his camera equipment and refocus his camera on the escalating violence when someone sprayed him with pepper gel.</p><p>“I couldn&#x27;t see anything and then I felt someone grab my camera, start pulling at it, and that’s when my mic broke off and damaged the screen on the side,” Green said.</p><p>Green said the attack damaged his microphone but he attempted to keep recording until the pain from the irritant became unbearable.</p><p>Green told the Tracker he did not file a police report about the incident. At least two other <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?categories=10&amp;city=Los%20Angeles&amp;date_lower=2021-08-14&amp;date_upper=2021-08-14&amp;state=8\">journalists were assaulted by individuals</a> during the rally.</p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [ { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "camera" }, { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "external microphone" } ], "state": { "name": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "coronavirus", "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack", "Equipment Damage" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jake Lee Green (News2Share)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Journalist assaulted twice during anti-vaccine rally in LA", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-assaulted-twice-during-anti-vaccine-rally-in-la/", "first_published_at": "2021-08-26T13:57:36.810645Z", "last_published_at": "2021-08-26T19:23:32.831156Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2021-08-26T19:23:32.794343Z", "date": "2021-08-14", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>Independent journalist Tina-Desiree Berg was assaulted while covering an anti-vaccine protest outside LA’s City Hall for the online outlet Status Coup on Aug. 14, 2021.</p><p>Demonstrators had gathered for a rally advertised as a “stop socialism, choose freedom march against medical tyranny” to protest COVID-19 vaccination requirements and mask mandates, LAist <a href=\"https://laist.com/news/criminal-justice/im-fine-but-mad-after-right-wing-extremists-attacked-me-outside-city-hall\">reported</a>. Demonstrators carried signs from a cross-section of movements, including pro-Trump banners, signs calling for the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other signs and banners. While the demonstration on the south lawn of the City Hall grounds remained peaceful, according to LAist, some fights broke out on the edges of the rally. </p><p>Berg told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that she arrived approximately 45 minutes before the violence began and was standing across from the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters with a few other journalists. In <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TinaDesireeBerg/status/1426659318254891011\">footage</a> Berg posted shortly after 2:30 p.m., a group of men can be seen gathering in a line as multiple people call out “Fuck antifa!”</p><p>At 0:22 in the clip, a man can be seen running up to Berg, pulling down his mask and saying “Hey bitch” before appearing to strike out at Berg and her camera; Berg said the man punched her and struck her camera. Another demonstrator intervenes and pulls the man away as Berg makes her way back to the sidewalk. </p><p>A few moments later, as a brawl appears to break out between the anti-vaccine demonstrators and counterprotesters, a second man runs up to Berg and attempts to pull the mask off her face while shouting, “Unmask them! Unmask them all!”</p></div></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"stream-section\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Anti-vaxxers in LA yell &quot;Fuck Antifa&quot; as one ATTACKS journalist <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TinaDesireeBerg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@TinaDesireeBerg</a>, who was injured as a result while reporting. More footage to come from fights that broke out. <a href=\"https://t.co/hHfuesJ38L\">pic.twitter.com/hHfuesJ38L</a></p>&mdash; Status Coup News (@StatusCoup) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/StatusCoup/status/1426955727642443780?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 15, 2021</a></blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"></script>\n\n</div>\n\n</div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><div class=\"rich-text\"><p>A <a href=\"https://twitter.com/chadloder/status/1426711680034037763\">photo of the incident</a> shows the man pulling down Berg’s goggles and face mask; Berg’s press credentials can be seen on a lanyard around her neck.</p><p>Berg <a href=\"https://www.democracynow.org/2021/8/20/reporter_recalls_how_anti_vaccine_anti\">told Democracy Now</a> that she will not let the increasing violence, especially incidents targeting the press, prevent her from covering protests across California.</p><p>“People need to see what’s going on and if I let [the Proud Boys] control what I do then they sort of win the conversation,” Berg said. “They don’t want the press, they don’t want people filming them, they don’t want to be exposed for their violent actions. And so the intention of what they’re doing is to try to silence me and other journalists like me from covering what they’re doing and I absolutely am not deterred from doing it. I will be much more aware, take more security precautions.”</p><p>Berg told the Tracker she has not filed a police report about the incident, but plans to speak with the special investigations unit about it and the assault she witnessed of <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/documentarian-struck-over-the-head-with-baton-by-man-at-la-demonstration/\">videographer Rocky Romano</a> on July 3.</p><p><i>This article has been updated to include comment from the journalist.</i></p></div></div>", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "lawsuit_name": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": null, "is_search_warrant_obtained": false, "actor": null, "border_point": null, "stopped_at_border": false, "target_us_citizenship_status": null, "denial_of_entry": false, "stopped_previously": false, "did_authorities_ask_for_device_access": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_user": null, "did_authorities_ask_for_social_media_pass": null, "did_authorities_ask_about_work": null, "were_devices_searched_or_seized": null, "assailant": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "venue": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "coronavirus", "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Physical Attack" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Tina-Desiree Berg (Status Coup)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] } ]