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Danielle Rhoades Ha, the head of external communications for the Times, told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that the man asked to speak with “a reporter” at the front desk, but didn’t specify a particular reporter, desk or beat.</p><p data-block-key=\"cjs24\">When building security barred the individual from entering, he calmly handed over the weapons and waited for police to arrive, the AP reported.</p><p data-block-key=\"1rbj7\">The man also had a bag containing a small folding knife and mace canister, <a href=\"https://nypost.com/2022/11/17/knife-wielding-man-entered-new-york-times-building/\">according to The New York Post</a>. The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.</p><p data-block-key=\"bp3hu\">Rhoades Ha told the Tracker that the incident was resolved quickly and peacefully.</p><p data-block-key=\"cm69k\">The NYPD did not respond to requests for further comment.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "New York", "abbreviation": "NY" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "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": [ "Other Incident" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "‘Confidentiality order’ sent to California news outlet attempts to stop newsgathering", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/confidentiality-order-sent-to-california-news-outlet-attempts-to-stop-newsgathering/", "first_published_at": "2022-12-08T19:51:18.467824Z", "last_published_at": "2022-12-08T19:51:18.467824Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-12-08T19:51:18.418164Z", "date": "2022-11-16", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Contra Costa", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"wh8la\">A California judge <a href=\"https://twitter.com/NateGartrell/status/1592987270394499072\">granted a motion</a> on Nov. 16, 2022, seeking to prohibit reporters from contacting people who filed letters of support for a Contra Costa middle school teacher accused of sexual abuse.</p><p data-block-key=\"cs8d0\">East Bay Times reporter Rachel Heimann Mercader told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker she and a colleague attended a bail hearing in October for the teacher, who was arrested the month before <a href=\"https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/east-bay/east-bay-teacher-sexual-misconduct/3009552/\">for sexual misconduct with a minor</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"4qitu\">During the hearing, Public Defender Manisha Daryani submitted 16 letters of support from the teacher’s students, their parents and his family members.</p><p data-block-key=\"ccsd0\">Mercader said she received a copy of the public motion, which had the letters attached, from the clerk’s office after the hearing. “​​Each letter included the person’s name and email and phone number,” she said.</p><p data-block-key=\"ebrai\">As Mercader began contacting the letter writers, she received a call from Daryani who accused her of attempting to influence witnesses and the outcome of the case. Both Mercader and an East Bay Times editor, also contacted by Daryani, refused the requests to stop contacting the supporters.</p><p data-block-key=\"flden\">“To be clear, none of these letter writers are considered witnesses at this point, and all I am asking them is if they would like to speak with me about their letters,” Mercader said. </p><p data-block-key=\"6rb5i\">On Nov. 16, without a hearing or notice to the journalists, the California judge signed and entered the public defender’s motion requesting that “further unwanted contact by the press be ceased.”</p><p data-block-key=\"d9c44\">The order, which included <a href=\"https://twitter.com/racheyy_marie/status/1593484984198737920\">an instruction</a> for the parties to “advise those individuals to whom disclosure of the contact information has been made,” was sent to the East Bay Times by Daryani. </p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#NEW</a>: The lawyer for a cheerleading coach accused of child molestation has filed a motion for a protective order to keep the media from contacting his supporters, whose contact info we got from public records filed by the same attorney: <a href=\"https://t.co/F3W8PzBeGB\">pic.twitter.com/F3W8PzBeGB</a></p>&mdash; Nate Gartrell (@NateGartrell) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/NateGartrell/status/1592987270394499072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">November 16, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"wh8la\">Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Advocacy Director Seth Stern <a href=\"https://freedom.press/news/california-judge-buries-censorship-order-in-the-fine-print/\">wrote that what seems like an innocuous “confidentiality order” is effectively a prior restraint</a> that attempts to restrict future speech. </p><p data-block-key=\"dfdhb\">“It is elementary that a court cannot tell non-parties what to do especially without notice or a hearing, but the apparent intention was to intimidate the press into compliance despite the order’s invalidity under the First Amendment,” Stern said.</p><p data-block-key=\"2mtrj\">FPF oversees the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.</p><p data-block-key=\"588sf\">Attorney Duffy Carolan, who represents the East Bay Times, told the Tracker the outlet did not believe the protective order applied to its reporters and would not alter their newsgathering practices. </p><p data-block-key=\"oug0\">“None were named in the order or even had notice of the motion or an opportunity to be heard on the matter,” Carolan said.</p><p data-block-key=\"ek5tf\">Public Defender Daryani did not respond to requests for comment from the Tracker.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "East Bay Times" ], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Other Incident" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Memphis news photographer, reporter robbed at gunpoint blocks from studio", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/memphis-news-photographer-reporter-robbed-at-gunpoint-blocks-from-studio/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-21T14:44:19.023475Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-21T14:46:52.938513Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-21T14:46:52.861158Z", "date": "2022-11-10", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Memphis", "longitude": -90.04898, "latitude": 35.14953, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"zkkxz\">FOX13 reporter Jeremy Pierre and an unidentified news photographer were robbed at gunpoint half a mile from the station’s studio on Nov. 10, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"ekon\">Pierre <a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/jeremypierrefox/posts/pfbid02CfApNSABBVi5MEAU5bdaXVUk6tGQjycpBVD67FTxdFLnR3W6WLCmYcQbd7fHBmJ4l\">posted on Facebook</a> shortly after 7 a.m. that the crew was robbed at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.</p><p data-block-key=\"e2kcm\">“You know I’ve had my fair share of stories but DAMN!” Pierre wrote. “One of the dudes even showed me the gun in his waistband.”</p><p data-block-key=\"1q6q5\">According to the post, the thieves took the crew’s camera, tripod and LiveU equipment used to broadcast footage.</p><p data-block-key=\"9u4n8\">Pierre did not respond to a request for comment or to confirm the identity of the photojournalist with him. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented Pierre’s assault <a data-linktype=\"page\" data-id=\"1895\" data-parent-id=\"27\" href=\"/all-incidents/memphis-broadcast-reporter-robbed-at-gunpoint-blocks-from-studio/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"3g61m\">FOX13 declined to comment when reached for comment. The Memphis Police Department did not respond to a request for additional information.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "tripod" }, { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "live unit" } ], "state": { "name": "Tennessee", "abbreviation": "TN" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault", "Equipment Damage" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Unidentified photojournalist 27 (WHBQ-TV FOX13)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Memphis broadcaster robbed at gunpoint blocks from studio", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/memphis-broadcast-reporter-robbed-at-gunpoint-blocks-from-studio/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-21T14:46:28.902544Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-30T16:35:25.562537Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-30T16:35:25.486163Z", "date": "2022-11-10", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Memphis", "longitude": -90.04898, "latitude": 35.14953, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"u4t3q\">FOX13 reporter Jeremy Pierre and a news photographer were robbed at gunpoint half a mile from the station’s studio on Nov. 10, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"cpj61\">Pierre <a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/jeremypierrefox/posts/pfbid02CfApNSABBVi5MEAU5bdaXVUk6tGQjycpBVD67FTxdFLnR3W6WLCmYcQbd7fHBmJ4l\">posted on Facebook</a> shortly after 7 a.m. that the crew was robbed at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.</p><p data-block-key=\"7s1sa\">“You know I’ve had my fair share of stories but DAMN!” Pierre wrote. “One of the dudes even showed me the gun in his waistband.”</p><p data-block-key=\"e374b\">Pierre did not respond to a request for comment or to confirm the identity of the photojournalist with him. FOX13 declined to comment when reached for comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"dktn1\">According to the post, the thieves took the crew’s camera, tripod and LiveU equipment used to broadcast footage. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented the assault of the photographer and equipment theft <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/memphis-news-photographer-reporter-robbed-at-gunpoint-blocks-from-studio/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"114ad\">The Memphis Police Department did not respond to a request for additional information.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "Tennessee", "abbreviation": "TN" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "robbery" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jeremy Pierre (WHBQ-TV FOX13)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Ohio editor charged with wiretapping after publishing obtained court recording", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/ohio-editor-charged-with-wiretapping-after-publishing-obtained-court-recording/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-08T21:27:20.582038Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-23T17:44:04.667732Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-23T17:44:04.569918Z", "date": "2022-10-31", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Waverly", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"3dagt\">Scioto Valley Guardian Editor-in-Chief Derek Myers was charged with felony wiretapping on Oct. 31, 2022, after publishing a recording of witness testimony from an ongoing trial in Waverly, Ohio.</p><p data-block-key=\"21tb1\">Myers told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he has been covering the murder trial of George Wagner IV, which began in September. As part of that coverage, the newspaper was using a laptop to livestream witness testimony and exhibits. Judge Randy Deering issued an order before the trial began allowing anyone testifying in the case to “opt out” of being filmed by the media. The Fourth District Court of Appeals <a href=\"https://sciotovalleyguardian.com/2022/10/25/media-wins-temproary-order-in-wagner-trial-again/\">issued an emergency order</a> overruling him partway through the testimony of Wagner’s brother, Jake, who was indicted alongside Wagner and their parents for the 2016 killings of eight members of the Rhoden family.</p><p data-block-key=\"acfc0\">The court ordered that media be allowed to film unless Deering was able to show cause that it could jeopardize the fairness of the trial. Deering ruled that if Jake were to appear on camera he might be “nervous” and untruthful, again barring media from recording video or audio of him.</p><p data-block-key=\"dvko5\">Myers told the Tracker that he was out of the country when Jake took the stand, but that someone in the courtroom surreptitiously recorded his testimony and provided it to the Guardian. After deliberation, Myers published a <a href=\"https://sciotovalleyguardian.com/2022/10/28/exclusive-listen-to-jake-wagner-describe-how-he-killed-the-rhoden-family/\">condensed version of the audio</a> on Oct. 28.</p><p data-block-key=\"867tg\">According to files reviewed by the Tracker, Judge Anthony Moraleja approved a search warrant that day for a Guardian laptop being used to livestream the trial. The Tracker documented the laptop seizure and the illegal seizure of Myers’ cellphone <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/editors-laptop-cellphone-seized-following-publication-of-courtroom-recording/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"9n7d4\">The Pike County Sheriff’s Office subsequently charged Myers with interception of wire, electronic or oral communications, a fourth degree felony. According to court records, he was charged under <a href=\"https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-2933.52\">Ohio Revised Code Section 2933.52 (A)(3)</a>, which forbids the use of a recording that one knows or has reason to believe was illegally obtained.</p><p data-block-key=\"a1l91\">Myers turned himself into custody on Nov. 1 and was released after paying a $20,000 bond. He told the Tracker that he pleaded not guilty at a hearing the following day. He also waived his right to a preliminary hearing, where evidence is presented before a judge who decides whether the case should advance to trial. Instead, his case will be heard by a grand jury, which will determine whether to indict him on the charges.</p><p data-block-key=\"8rpou\">When reached for comment, the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office told the Tracker that the next grand jury session is scheduled to begin in February 2023, when the new prosecutor takes office.</p><p data-block-key=\"e9thi\">One of Myers’ attorneys, John Greiner, highlighted the Supreme Court ruling in <a href=\"https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/575/bartnicki-v-vopper\">Bartnicki v. Vopper</a>, which ruled that the media cannot be held liable for publishing information that was obtained illegally by a source.</p><p data-block-key=\"75q5l\">The Committee to Protect Journalists, a founding partner of the Tracker, condemned the equipment seizure and the charges against Myers in a <a href=\"https://cpj.org/2022/11/cpj-alarmed-by-wiretapping-charges-against-ohio-newspaper-editor/\">statement</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"78fjl\">“The incompetency of local law enforcement to abide by basic legal proceedings would be comical if it were not so concerning,” said CPJ U.S. and Canada Program Coordinator Katherine Jacobsen. “Not only have Pike County authorities confiscated journalist Derek Myers’ cellphone and the Scioto Valley Guardian’s laptop without presenting a valid warrant, but they have also lobbed wiretapping charges against Myers for keeping the community informed about an ongoing murder trial. Retaliating against a news outlet, especially a small local publication, for doing their jobs in matters of public interest is completely unacceptable.”</p><p data-block-key=\"478r4\">Myers told the Tracker he hasn’t been able to cover the trial since his arrest.</p><p data-block-key=\"18n3h\">“I tasked myself with covering this eight-week trial and I should be there covering it, but I can’t because I don’t have the equipment,” Myers said. “And, frankly, I don’t feel safe in that courthouse. If I take another cellphone down there they’ll probably seize that too.”</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Myers3.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"vtosv\">Scioto Valley Guardian Editor-in-Chief Derek Myers was charged with felony wiretapping on Oct. 31, 2022, after publishing an obtained recording of testimony from an ongoing murder trial in Waverly, Ohio.</p>", "arresting_authority": "Pike County Sheriff's Office", "arrest_status": "arrested and released", "status_of_charges": "charges pending", "release_date": null, "detention_date": "2022-11-01", "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "warrant", "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Ohio", "abbreviation": "OH" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [ "wiretapping: interception of wire, oral or electronic communications" ], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge", "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Derek Myers (Scioto Valley Guardian)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Editor’s laptop, cellphone seized following publication of courtroom recording", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/editors-laptop-cellphone-seized-following-publication-of-courtroom-recording/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-08T20:51:03.315316Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-08T21:31:19.499256Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-08T21:31:19.423004Z", "date": "2022-10-28", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Waverly", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"ro9gy\">An Ohio judge authorized the search and seizure of a laptop belonging to the Scioto Valley Guardian on Oct. 28, 2022. An officer with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office also seized the cellphone of the outlet’s top editor — without a warrant — a few days later.</p><p data-block-key=\"e1706\">Guardian Editor-in-Chief Derek Myers told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he has been covering the ongoing murder trial of George Wagner IV, which began in September. As part of that coverage, the newspaper was using a laptop to livestream witness testimony and exhibits. Judge Randy Deering issued an order before the trial began allowing anyone testifying in the case to “opt out” of being filmed by the media. The Fourth District Court of Appeals <a href=\"https://sciotovalleyguardian.com/2022/10/25/media-wins-temproary-order-in-wagner-trial-again/\">issued an emergency order</a> overruling him partway through the testimony of Wagner’s brother, Jake, who was indicted alongside Wagner and their parents for the 2016 killings of eight members of the Rhoden family.</p><p data-block-key=\"f540\">The court ordered that media be allowed to film unless Deering was able to show cause that it could jeopardize the fairness of the trial. Deering ruled that if Jake were to appear on camera he might be “nervous” and untruthful, again barring media from recording video or audio of him.</p><p data-block-key=\"bfid0\">Myers told the Tracker that he was out of the country when Jake took the stand, but that someone in the courtroom surreptitiously recorded his testimony and provided it to the Guardian. After deliberation, Myers said he elected to move forward with publishing a <a href=\"https://sciotovalleyguardian.com/2022/10/28/exclusive-listen-to-jake-wagner-describe-how-he-killed-the-rhoden-family/\">condensed version of the audio</a> on Oct. 28.</p><p data-block-key=\"bt687\">According to files reviewed by the Tracker, county court Judge Anthony Moraleja approved a search warrant for the Guardian laptop that same day, authorizing the search of the MacBook Pro and any computer software or communications contained on its hard drive. Myers told the Tracker someone from the court then seized the laptop, causing the outlet’s livestream to go down.</p><p data-block-key=\"52a\">One of Myers’ attorneys, Greg Barwell, sent a letter on Oct. 31 asking the sheriff, prosecutor and the court to return the equipment, as the Guardian had not been presented with a subpoena or search warrant.</p><p data-block-key=\"5ghii\">Myers went to the Pike County Courthouse on Nov. 2 to ask for the return of the laptop in person, as he still believed it had been seized by someone from the court. Unbeknownst to the Guardian, the laptop had been taken into custody by the sheriff’s office the previous day.</p><p data-block-key=\"eug4l\">Myers told the Tracker that when he passed through the metal detector, a captain from the sheriff’s department told him he would have to take his cellphone back outside. He responded that he wouldn’t be going into the courtroom — where cellphones and laptops are prohibited — but would be remaining on the first floor.</p><p data-block-key=\"aaog\">Myers said the officer then kept his cellphone, claiming, “On second thought, I think I have a search warrant for that.”</p><p data-block-key=\"5u35j\">The officer also told Myers that they had a search warrant for the laptop. The item seizure report reviewed by the Tracker has “Black I-Phone” written below the MacBook, confirming that it was seized at 10:29 a.m. on Nov. 2.</p><p data-block-key=\"39a8l\">One of Myers’ attorneys, John Greiner, told the Tracker that the seizure of the devices likely violated Ohio’s shield law and the federal Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits searching or seizing journalistic work products with few exceptions.</p><p data-block-key=\"4jhj2\">In connection with the publication of the testimony recording, Myers was charged with intercepting wire, oral or electronic communications — a fourth degree felony — on Oct. 31. The Tracker has documented those charges <a data-linktype=\"page\" data-id=\"1891\" data-parent-id=\"27\" href=\"/all-incidents/ohio-editor-charged-with-wiretapping-after-publishing-obtained-court-recording/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"e23eq\">The Committee to Protect Journalists, a founding partner of the Tracker, condemned the equipment seizure and the charges against Myers in a <a href=\"https://cpj.org/2022/11/cpj-alarmed-by-wiretapping-charges-against-ohio-newspaper-editor/\">statement</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"82itq\">“The incompetency of local law enforcement to abide by basic legal proceedings would be comical if it were not so concerning,” said CPJ U.S. and Canada Program Coordinator Katherine Jacobsen. “Not only have Pike County authorities confiscated journalist Derek Myers’ cellphone and the Scioto Valley Guardian’s laptop without presenting a valid warrant, but they have also lobbed wiretapping charges against Myers for keeping the community informed about an ongoing murder trial. Retaliating against a news outlet, especially a small local publication, for doing their jobs in matters of public interest is completely unacceptable.”</p><p data-block-key=\"4gavo\">Myers told the Tracker that he was able to regain control over his cellphone number on Nov. 4, but having the devices returned remains his and his attorneys’ first priority. He said he was extremely concerned about the potential search of the devices as they contain sensitive work product and source communications</p><p data-block-key=\"9ed0j\">“I can’t effectively do my job because I’m so focused and scared and worried about all these other people and their livelihoods are now on the line,” Myers said. “And I can’t cover the trial because I don’t have the equipment.”</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Myers1.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"mlj5w\">On Oct. 28, 2022, an Ohio judge authorized the search and seizure of a Scioto Valley Guardian laptop, shown here in a screenshot from the search warrant, that the outlet was using to livestream a Waverly murder trial.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "warrant", "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [ { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "laptop" }, { "quantity": 1, "equipment": "mobile phone" } ], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Ohio", "abbreviation": "OH" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Equipment Search or Seizure", "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Derek Myers (Scioto Valley Guardian)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "KC broadcast station subpoenaed for unaired interview footage", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/kc-broadcast-station-subpoenaed-for-unaired-interview-footage/", "first_published_at": "2022-12-07T20:07:49.626557Z", "last_published_at": "2022-12-07T20:07:49.626557Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-12-07T20:07:49.564269Z", "date": "2022-10-26", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Topeka", "longitude": -95.67804, "latitude": 39.04833, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"i2wbu\">Missouri-based broadcaster KMBC-TV was issued a subpoena on Oct. 26, 2022, seeking all recordings and notes from multiple interviews as part of a lawsuit accusing Kansas Highway Patrol of misconduct.</p><p data-block-key=\"1o8co\">Five women who are current or former highway patrol employees filed a lawsuit against the agency’s superintendent and assistant superintendent, as well as the State of Kansas, in February 2021. The Kansas City Star <a href=\"https://amp.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article269074932.html\">reported</a> that the women allege the agency had a hostile work environment, with a culture of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.</p><p data-block-key=\"97tip\">According to court records reviewed by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, the subpoena orders KMBC to produce any notes or audio or video recordings of interviews conducted with the plaintiffs, including outtakes and other unaired footage, by Nov. 14.</p><p data-block-key=\"cm88b\">It is unclear if KMBC, which did not respond to multiple requests for comment, has or intends to comply with the order. No motion to quash the subpoena had been filed with the court as of Dec. 7.</p><p data-block-key=\"7gare\">Gaye Tibbets, an attorney representing the state and the highway patrol officers, told the Star in mid-November that they were negotiating with KMBC over the subpoena, but did not elaborate on the content of the disputes.</p><p data-block-key=\"cvc09\">Tibbets did not respond to requests for further comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"7oqo0\">First Amendment attorney Max Kautsch, who is the president of the Kansas Coalition for Open Government, told the Star he was perplexed by the subpoena as it seeks documents that are explicitly protected by the state’s <a href=\"http://kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/statute/060_000_0000_chapter/060_004_0000_article/060_004_0082_section/060_004_0082_k/\">shield law</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"1nd1b\">“The Legislature passed this law almost 15 years ago for the express purpose of insulating journalists from misguided attempts to bring journalists into court,” Kautsch said.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/KMBC_subpoena.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"gpjjh\">A portion of the subpoena issued to Kansas City, Missouri, broadcaster KMBC-TV on Oct. 26, 2022, seeking all footage and notes from interviews with five plaintiffs suing the State of Kansas and two highway patrol officers.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "journalist communications or work product", "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": "Kansas", "abbreviation": "KS" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "KMBC 9 News" ], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [ "pending" ] }, { "title": "Documentarian targeted with pepper spray while covering Penn State protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/documentarian-targeted-with-pepper-spray-while-covering-penn-state-protest/", "first_published_at": "2022-10-28T17:37:26.656525Z", "last_published_at": "2022-10-28T17:49:13.757578Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-10-28T17:49:13.701682Z", "date": "2022-10-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "State College", "longitude": -77.86, "latitude": 40.79339, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"k3iq7\">Ford Fischer, co-founder and editor-in-chief of News2Share, was targeted with a chemical irritant while documenting a protest at Pennsylvania State University in State College on Oct. 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"iobh\">Uncensored America, a recognized student organization, had arranged a <a href=\"http://uncensoredamerica.us/alex-and-gavin-psu/\">“politically provocative comedy night”</a> with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes and comedian and “professional troll” Alex Stein. The Proud Boys are a far-right extremist group, <a href=\"https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/proud-boys\">designated as a hate group</a> by the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose members self-identify as Western chauvinists and are known to instigate street brawls. The show’s title, “Stand Back &amp; Stand By,” echoed the directive then-President Donald Trump gave to members of the Proud Boys during a 2020 presidential debate.</p><p data-block-key=\"crige\">The Student Committee for Defense and Solidarity, which is not a recognized student group, organized a protest to begin at 6 p.m. in opposition to the event, <a href=\"https://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/they-did-nothing-penn-state-students-protesters-gather-in-opposition-of-uncensored-america-event/article_53ab3752-540c-11ed-8e6d-87622ca72dd1.html\">according to the university newspaper, The Daily Collegian</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"4aorg\">Fischer told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that at various points during the student-led protest Proud Boy members arrived to escalate the conflict. Stein also came out of the event venue to antagonize the protesters before ultimately returning inside, he said.</p><p data-block-key=\"8b786\">Shortly before 7 p.m., about five or six apparent right-wingers were arguing with the protesters around them, Fischer said. In <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1584904927234719745\">footage of the incident</a>, the men all appear to be wearing dark jackets, khakis and face coverings or balaclavas.</p><p data-block-key=\"5met7\">One of the men unholstered a can of pepper spray and began aiming it at everyone standing nearby, which Fischer said included both student protesters and members of the press. Another member of the group then grabbed the canister and sprayed it in a circular motion.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">SYNCHRONIZED: Footage by both <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@FordFischer</a> and <a href=\"https://twitter.com/zdroberts?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@zdroberts</a> shows the moment a right-winger pepper sprayed protesters and press on Penn State’s campus last night before police standing by allowed them to leave. <a href=\"https://t.co/Wzt4q5FNjX\">pic.twitter.com/Wzt4q5FNjX</a></p>&mdash; Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1584904927234719745?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 25, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"k3iq7\">Fischer said that he was one of the last people sprayed and that he believed he was deliberately targeted.</p><p data-block-key=\"4evnp\">“I’ve been maced, but I have never, ever ever felt the kind of pain and directness that that had, where it was straight into my eye,” he said. “There’s no way that it wouldn’t have been intentional: He had to have known I was press.”<br/><br/>Fischer said he was wearing press credentials issued by Congress and the National Press Photographers Association and was filming with a conspicuous professional camera with a phone mounted on it.</p><p data-block-key=\"eauju\">“I was completely debilitated. I was in absolute, unbearable pain for about half an hour,” Fischer said. He added that multiple students and other members of the press came to his aid, but the officers who witnessed the attack neither attempted to apprehend the individual nor asked him for a statement.</p><p data-block-key=\"fskev\">At least one other journalist, freelance photojournalist Zach Roberts, was also targeted with the chemical irritant. The Tracker has documented that incident <a data-linktype=\"page\" data-id=\"1887\" data-parent-id=\"27\" href=\"/all-incidents/photojournalist-targeted-with-pepper-spray-while-covering-penn-state-protest/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"f5d4c\"><a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/10/25/penn-state-gavin-mcinnes-proud-boys-canceled/\">According to The Washington Post</a>, students had petitioned the university ahead of the event to cancel it. In a <a href=\"https://www.psu.edu/news/administration/story/university-critical-upcoming-speakers-repugnant-and-denigrating-rhetoric/\">statement</a> released on Oct. 11, the administration initially said it would allow the event to take place on the basis of upholding freedom of speech. Citing escalating violence, the university ultimately canceled the event less than an hour before its scheduled start time, notifying students through the university’s alert system at 7:19 p.m., <a href=\"https://www.vice.com/en/article/epzqww/penn-state-proud-boys-gavin-mcinnes\">according to VICE News</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"209tm\">When reached for comment, the university directed the Tracker to various statements released before and after the event was canceled.</p><p data-block-key=\"786tg\">“Tonight, Stein and McInnes will celebrate a victory for being canceled, when in actuality, they contributed to the very violence that compromised their ability to speak,” Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi said in a <a href=\"https://www.psu.edu/news/campus-life/story/message-president-neeli-bendapudi-cancellation-campus-event/\">statement</a>. “Tonight, counter-protestors also will celebrate a victory that they forced the University to cancel this event, when in actuality they have furthered the visibility of the very cause they oppose.”</p><p data-block-key=\"2q34o\">A <a href=\"https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vc4ut8yR50I7HldweUV3ogTMSE5-Kc4s/view?usp=sharing\">statement</a> released by the event organizers, Uncensored America, the following day condemned the violence.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Fischer.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"vlqru\">“I was completely debilitated.” Documentarian Ford Fischer was targeted with a chemical irritant while covering a protest against an event with the Proud Boys founder at Penn State University on Oct. 24, 2022.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "Pennsylvania", "abbreviation": "PA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "chemical irritant", "protest", "white nationalism" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Ford Fischer (News2Share)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Photojournalist targeted with pepper spray while covering Penn State protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-targeted-with-pepper-spray-while-covering-penn-state-protest/", "first_published_at": "2022-10-28T17:48:11.517280Z", "last_published_at": "2022-10-28T17:48:11.517280Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-10-28T17:48:11.423101Z", "date": "2022-10-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "State College", "longitude": -77.86, "latitude": 40.79339, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"u1vgc\">Freelance photojournalist Zach Roberts was targeted with a chemical irritant while documenting a protest at Pennsylvania State University in State College on Oct. 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"fqiuc\">Uncensored America, a recognized student organization, had arranged a <a href=\"http://uncensoredamerica.us/alex-and-gavin-psu/\">“politically provocative comedy night”</a> with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes and comedian and “professional troll” Alex Stein. The Proud Boys are a far-right extremist group, <a href=\"https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/proud-boys\">designated as a hate group</a> by the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose members self-identify as Western chauvinists and are known to instigate street brawls. The show’s title, “Stand Back &amp; Stand By,” echoed the directive then-President Donald Trump gave to members of the Proud Boys during a 2020 presidential debate.</p><p data-block-key=\"o82p\">The Student Committee for Defense and Solidarity, which is not a recognized student group, organized a protest to begin at 6 p.m. in opposition to the event, <a href=\"https://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/they-did-nothing-penn-state-students-protesters-gather-in-opposition-of-uncensored-america-event/article_53ab3752-540c-11ed-8e6d-87622ca72dd1.html\">according to the university paper, The Daily Collegian</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"s6lk\">Roberts told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he had registered to attend the event but never received additional information about how to enter the venue and was only able to cover the student-led demonstration outside.</p><p data-block-key=\"7drm4\">Shortly before 7 p.m., protesters surrounded about five or six apparent right-wingers and attempted to force them to leave, Roberts said. In <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1584904927234719745\">footage of the incident</a>, the men all appear to be wearing dark jackets, khakis, face coverings or balaclavas.</p><p data-block-key=\"8gf5h\">“One guy pulled out a can of bear mace and started threatening people with it,” Roberts said. “I moved closer — like an idiot — to where it was happening.”</p><p data-block-key=\"801k\">Roberts said that law enforcement was notified by a protester that someone was threatening people with the pepper spray, but no immediate action was taken.</p><p data-block-key=\"dlmtk\">Less than a minute later, a second man grabbed the canister and sprayed those standing near them, including Roberts, who was wearing a press badge.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Well got peppersprayed by a Proud Boy. Several other media got direct hit. Thankfully it hit my glasses but my face and body is burning like the worst sunburn. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/PennState?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#PennState</a> campus cops watched and did nothing. <a href=\"https://t.co/d1q0SJKkSL\">pic.twitter.com/d1q0SJKkSL</a></p>&mdash; Zach D Roberts - Photojournalist for hire (@zdroberts) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/zdroberts/status/1584683092807020544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 24, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"u1vgc\">“He knew that half the people around him were press, we all had cameras out,” Roberts said. “There’s no way he sprayed Ford [Fischer], with that big video camera and a tripod, and not known that he’s a member of the media.”</p><p data-block-key=\"csl6n\">The Tracker documented the assault of documentarian Ford Fischer <a data-linktype=\"page\" data-id=\"1886\" data-parent-id=\"27\" href=\"/all-incidents/documentarian-targeted-with-pepper-spray-while-covering-penn-state-protest/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"36t8j\">Roberts said that his glasses protected his eyes and he quickly removed everything that was struck by the spray in order to rinse off the chemical irritant. Despite his efforts, his arms burned throughout the evening.</p><p data-block-key=\"91jlm\">“I had to stop talking at times and focus on the pain,” Roberts said. “There were certain moments where it was too painful to pick up my cameras. I could literally see blisters forming where the bear mace hit me.”</p><p data-block-key=\"a4ecu\"><a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/10/25/penn-state-gavin-mcinnes-proud-boys-canceled/\">According to The Washington Post</a>, students had petitioned the university ahead of the event to cancel it. In a <a href=\"https://www.psu.edu/news/administration/story/university-critical-upcoming-speakers-repugnant-and-denigrating-rhetoric/\">statement</a> released on Oct. 11, the administration initially said it would allow the event to take place on the basis of upholding freedom of speech. Citing escalating violence, the university ultimately canceled the event less than an hour before its scheduled start time, notifying students through the university’s alert system at 7:19 p.m., <a href=\"https://www.vice.com/en/article/epzqww/penn-state-proud-boys-gavin-mcinnes\">according to VICE News</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"a3h74\">When reached for comment, the university directed the Tracker to various statements released before and after the event was canceled.</p><p data-block-key=\"4nta3\">“Tonight, Stein and McInnes will celebrate a victory for being canceled, when in actuality, they contributed to the very violence that compromised their ability to speak,” Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi said in a <a href=\"https://www.psu.edu/news/campus-life/story/message-president-neeli-bendapudi-cancellation-campus-event/\">statement</a>. “Tonight, counter-protestors also will celebrate a victory that they forced the University to cancel this event, when in actuality they have furthered the visibility of the very cause they oppose.”</p><p data-block-key=\"1fd8o\">A <a href=\"https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vc4ut8yR50I7HldweUV3ogTMSE5-Kc4s/view?usp=sharing\">statement</a> released by the event organizers, Uncensored America, the following day condemned the violence.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Roberts.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"b53o9\">Freelance photojournalist Zach Roberts receives treatment after being sprayed with bear mace during a protest against an event at Penn State University featuring the Proud Boys founder on Oct. 24, 2022.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "Pennsylvania", "abbreviation": "PA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "chemical irritant", "protest", "white nationalism" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Zach Roberts (Freelance)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Journalist harassed, shoved while covering protest in Texas", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-harassed-shoved-while-covering-anti-lgbtq-protest-in-texas/", "first_published_at": "2022-10-28T15:58:38.147471Z", "last_published_at": "2022-10-28T16:05:36.594905Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-10-28T16:05:36.519524Z", "date": "2022-10-22", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "University Park", "longitude": -96.80028, "latitude": 32.85013, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"5i5dm\">Independent journalist Steven Monacelli was assaulted while documenting a protest in University Park, Texas, on Oct. 22, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"crbnq\">Monacelli, who reports on extremism, told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that the protest in Coffee Park was organized by a group that often attracts individuals connected to extremist groups and militias. That day’s demonstration was planned against a judge who granted full custody to a Texas mother advocating for her child’s transgender identity.</p><p data-block-key=\"cnomb\">Shortly after he arrived at the park, a protest organizer recognized Monacelli and singled him out by name. The organizer claimed Monacelli, who had his press credentials in his pocket, was an “Antifa journalist.” Monacelli told the Tracker another individual called him an anti-Semitic slur.</p><p data-block-key=\"ceul7\">“They wanted to make me feel unwelcome and in fact, explicitly said so,” Monacelli said.</p><p data-block-key=\"2sbb0\">After deciding the event was unsafe, Monacelli started walking away but noticed a woman following him. In a video he posted on Twitter, Monacelli asks the woman to stop following him when a man comes by and shoves him. Monacelli told the Tracker he recognized the man from a September protest in Plano.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">NOW: I&#39;ve just been assaulted at a Coffee Park in Dallas, Texas, by a man who has previously threatened me at a protest. He came up to me without provocation, pushed me twice, and was escorted away by the police who were less than 10 yards away. I&#39;m safe and unharmed. <a href=\"https://t.co/4Q4dnxOv8y\">pic.twitter.com/4Q4dnxOv8y</a></p>&mdash; steven monacelli (@stevanzetti) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/stevanzetti/status/1583893965061099520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 22, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"5i5dm\">“He walked up to me and very quickly got in my face and started threatening me, claiming I had doxxed him,” he said. “I told him not to touch me, but he shoved me again and continued to threaten me.”</p><p data-block-key=\"8pre8\">Monacelli said officers from the University Park Police Department who were nearby intervened and escorted the individual away.</p><p data-block-key=\"fc3n5\">University Park Police Chief Bill Mathes told the Tracker the individual had been cited for assault and the case was referred to the municipal court for disposition.</p><p data-block-key=\"74snc\">Monacelli said he later received a call from a detective investigating the case. But the assault made it impossible to continue reporting that day.</p><p data-block-key=\"e516k\">“Within five minutes of arriving, I had been singled out, called an anti-Semitic slur and assaulted,” Monacelli said. “Unfortunately, the story ended up being that I got assaulted and not anything about the protest itself.”</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "Texas", "abbreviation": "TX" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Steven Monacelli (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Boston Globe editor subpoenaed for testimony in Harvard admissions bribery case", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/boston-globe-editor-subpoenaed-for-testimony-in-harvard-admissions-bribery-case/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-09T18:53:58.972581Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-09T18:53:58.972581Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-09T18:53:58.921826Z", "date": "2022-10-11", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Boston", "longitude": -71.05977, "latitude": 42.35843, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"h6viq\">Boston Globe journalist Joshua Miller was subpoenaed for testimony as part of a Harvard University admissions scandal criminal case in Boston, Massachusetts, on Oct. 11, 2022. </p><p data-block-key=\"2v6c8\">In April 2019, Miller, now the Globe’s politics editor, broke the story of<a href=\"https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/04/bought-fencing-coach-house-then-his-son-got-into-harvard/EIWVMIxUFQ1XweY1xfB1GK/story.html?event=event12&amp;p1=Article_Inline_Text_Link\"> bribes allegedly paid to Harvard’s fencing coach</a>, Peter Brand, by Maryland businessman Jie Zhao. According to the Globe, Zhao purchased Brand’s house at nearly twice its value. In return, Brand allegedly helped facilitate Harvard admission for Zhao’s two sons by recruiting them to the university’s fencing team. </p><p data-block-key=\"duacu\">Two months after the Globe published the story, the Department of Justice <a href=\"https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/06/18/bought-fencing-coach-house-then-his-son-got-into-harvard-now-feds-are-asking-questions/SefCGoT7IswTCfA8CrHqRJ/story.html?p1=Article_Inline_Text_Link\">launched a grand jury inquiry</a>. Brand and Zhao were <a href=\"https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/former-harvard-fencing-coach-and-maryland-businessman-indicted-bribery-charges\">formally indicted</a> on federal bribery charges in 2020.</p><p data-block-key=\"d9ir\">Globe legal counsel Jonathan M. Albano <a href=\"https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/11/04/metro/globe-challenges-subpoena-reporters-work-harvard-admissions-scandal/\">challenged the 2022 subpoena</a> for Miller’s testimony in a Nov. 3 motion to quash, arguing that it’s not vital to the government’s case.</p><p data-block-key=\"b16sk\">Albano requested that the judge instead issue a protective order for an in-camera review of Miller&#x27;s recorded interview with Zhao. In a written declaration submitted to the court, Miller stated that testifying would force him to disclose confidential sources he felt “duty-bound to protect” and could have a negative impact on future reporting.</p><p data-block-key=\"gedd\">“I believe this will inhibit sources from speaking to me in the future because they will not trust that our conversations will exclusively be used for news reporting,” Miller stated. “I believe they will speak less frankly to me, or not speak to me at all, since they may fear that what they tell me will become something I will later testify about in criminal or civil litigation.”</p><p data-block-key=\"545vb\">Neither Miller nor Albano responded to requests for comment from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.</p><p data-block-key=\"c8cmb\">On Nov. 8, the DOJ filed an opposition to the motion to quash, claiming only Miller can provide first-hand knowledge of Zhao’s statements to him. The federal bribery trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 5. </p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Screen_Shot_2022-11-07_at_2.42.48.a3f41b0b.fill-1330x880.png", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "Massachusetts", "abbreviation": "MA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "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": [ "Joshua Miller (Boston Globe)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "objected to" ] }, { "title": "KC photographer shoved to ground by NFL player after game", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photographer-shoved-to-ground-by-nfl-player-after-game-in-kc/", "first_published_at": "2022-10-14T14:04:01.367425Z", "last_published_at": "2022-10-26T16:23:51.701512Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-10-26T16:23:51.587127Z", "date": "2022-10-10", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Kansas City", "longitude": -94.57857, "latitude": 39.09973, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"tck70\">Photographer Park Zebley was shoved to the ground by Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams after a Monday Night Football game in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 10, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"339mp\">In footage published by SportsCenter and shared widely, Adams can be seen pushing Zebley with two hands following a 30-29 Raiders loss.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Davante Adams was visibly upset after the Raiders’ loss to the Chiefs. <a href=\"https://t.co/XW2fmx6adJ\">pic.twitter.com/XW2fmx6adJ</a></p>&mdash; SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1579682203339960320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 11, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"tck70\">When reached by email, Zebley declined to comment and referred the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker to his attorney, Dan Curry. Curry said Zebley is a college student who had just started working for a local production company that provides content to ESPN. He did not identify the name of the production company.</p><p data-block-key=\"alebj\">In a written statement, Curry said it was the photographer’s first day on the job and he had been given the task of carrying equipment for a camera operator.</p><p data-block-key=\"beva\">After arranging transportation to the hospital, Zebley filed a police report with the Kansas City Police Department. In an emailed statement to the Tracker, a KCPD spokesperson said Zebley’s injuries were thought to be non-life threatening and the incident is being investigated.</p><p data-block-key=\"b2ciu\">Zebley’s attorney confirmed that the photographer suffered a headache, whiplash and was still recovering from a concussion.</p><p data-block-key=\"lcv9\">After the incident, Adams apologized for his behavior, saying he was frustrated by the loss and was surprised when Zebley “jumped” in front of him, ESPN <a href=\"https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34772685/raiders-davante-adams-pushes-person-postgame-apologizes\">reported</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"e7p85\">A Kansas City Municipal Court public information officer told the Tracker that Adams was charged with assault under a city ordinance on Oct. 12. According to the<a href=\"https://library.municode.com/mo/kansas_city/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COORKAMIVOII_CH50OFMIPR_ARTVOFAGPUPE_S50-169SANF\"> ordinance</a>, he faces up to six months of jail time or a fine of up to $500. The citation, also shared with the Tracker by KCPD, identifies him as Ryan Zebley. His attorney said Park is his name. </p><p data-block-key=\"7qdae\">The Raiders receiver is also facing possible suspension from the NFL, <a href=\"https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34782109/davante-adams-charged-misdemeanor-assault-mnf-shove\">according to ESPN</a>. He is scheduled to appear in Kansas City Municipal Court on Nov. 10.</p><p data-block-key=\"9r57e\">“What happened was egregiously unsportsmanlike and an act of violence that should not be excused by the NFL,” Zebley said in a statement provided by his attorney.</p><p data-block-key=\"1o87\"></p><p data-block-key=\"53smb\"><i>Editor’s note: The article was updated with a clarifying statement from a Kansas City Municipal Court public information officer around the type of assault. Davante Adams was charged under a city ordinance, not a state statute as previously reported.</i></p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "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": "Missouri", "abbreviation": "MO" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Park Zebley (Unidentified production company)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Jewish newspaper boxes vandalized in Queens", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/jewish-newspaper-boxes-vandalized-in-queens/", "first_published_at": "2022-10-25T15:56:04.755581Z", "last_published_at": "2022-10-27T20:59:45.010793Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-10-27T20:59:44.873325Z", "date": "2022-10-06", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "New York", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"oz3r6\">Several newspaper boxes distributing Jewish publications in Queens, New York, were defaced with swastikas on Oct. 6, 2022, while the Jewish community observed Yom Kippur.</p><p data-block-key=\"etm1i\">Bukharian Jewish Link freelance journalist Steven Saphirstein told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he discovered the vandalized boxes outside of Aron’s Kissena Farms on Oct. 7 while distributing papers. Aron’s, the largest kosher grocery store in Queens, was closed at the time of the incident. Saphirstein told the Tracker he met with detectives after reporting the incident.</p><p data-block-key=\"9to70\">The targeted boxes contained Jewish newspapers including the <a href=\"https://www.queensjewishlink.com/\">Queens Jewish Link</a>, the <a href=\"https://www.bukharianjewishlink.com/\">Bukharian Jewish Link</a> and the <a href=\"http://www.5tjt.com/\">Five Towns Jewish Times</a>. Yaakov Serle, publisher for the Queens and Bukharian Jewish Links, told the Tracker that the newspapers were still able to publish normally that day.</p><p data-block-key=\"12tis\">“We were very fortunate,” Serle said. “Everybody came together, and – by shopping time — it was all gone.”</p><p data-block-key=\"14omf\">Serle said several community members teamed up to clean the newspaper boxes before Aron’s opened for the day. He credits Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal, Saphirstein and local Jewish groups Chaverim and Shmira with playing an instrumental role in the cleanup.</p><p data-block-key=\"20smk\">In a statement to the Chronicle, Rosenthal said that while no one was physically harmed by the attack, the antisemitism distressed residents who were fed up with the broken sense of security and seeking action.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">On the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, newspapers racks distributing Jewish publications were vandalized with swastikas.<br><br>We must be able to feel safe in our neighborhoods. We must do more. The continued rise of antisemitism is unsustainable and unacceptable. <a href=\"https://t.co/WCz5wrRGar\">pic.twitter.com/WCz5wrRGar</a></p>&mdash; Daniel Rosenthal (@DanRosenthalNYC) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/DanRosenthalNYC/status/1577912102391521282?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 6, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"oz3r6\">“On the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, newspaper racks distributing Jewish publications were vandalized with swastikas,” Rosenthal wrote on <a href=\"https://twitter.com/DanRosenthalNYC/status/1577912102391521282?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet\">Twitter</a>. “We must be able to feel safe in our neighborhoods. We must do more. The continued rise of antisemitism is unsustainable and unacceptable.”</p><p data-block-key=\"2tm4f\">The New York Police Department did not respond to a request for comment by the Tracker, but Rosenthal told the Chronicle that officers are reviewing security camera footage from neighboring businesses.</p><p data-block-key=\"oqdb\"></p><p data-block-key=\"4tuco\"><i>Editor&#x27;s note: The article was updated to include information from Steven Saphirstein and his correct title.</i></p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "New York", "abbreviation": "NY" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "Media" ], "tags": [ "white nationalism" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Other Incident" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Fast Company disables website after cyberattack results in ‘vile’ push alerts, posts", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/fast-company-disables-website-after-cyberattack-results-in-vile-push-alerts-posts/", "first_published_at": "2022-10-04T18:58:25.610369Z", "last_published_at": "2022-10-06T23:01:52.196655Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-10-06T23:01:52.116613Z", "date": "2022-09-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "New York", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"od297\">Fast Company, a business and technology magazine based in New York City, shut down its website after a cyberattack led to “obscene and racist” posts and Apple News push notifications.</p><p data-block-key=\"7f7pv\">In a <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FastCompany/status/1574980645868404736\">tweeted statement</a>, Fast Company said the attack on its content management system appeared to be related to a Sept. 25, 2022, hack of FastCompany.com in which similar language was posted on the site. The first incident forced the website offline for two hours while the company restored the page.</p><p data-block-key=\"egd5u\">Two days later, following the unauthorized Apple News alerts, the organization said it would disable its website and Apple News feed during its investigation into the attacks.</p><p data-block-key=\"15hjf\">“The messages are vile and are not in line with the content and ethos of Fast Company,” the company <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FastCompany/status/1574938145237639168\">tweeted</a>. “We are investigating the situation and have shut down FastCompany.com until the situation has been resolved.”</p><p data-block-key=\"f77so\">Immediately after the Sept. 27 attack, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker confirmed that accessing the magazine’s website resulted in a “404 Not Found” message. When accessed on Sept. 29, FastCompany.com redirected to a <a href=\"https://www.fastcompany.com/statement.html\">statement</a> mirroring those published on Twitter.</p><p data-block-key=\"32pa7\">According to the statement, Fast Company is continuing to publish its news and analysis across the magazine’s social media platforms. It is unclear how long the website will be unavailable, or who was responsible for the attack.</p><p data-block-key=\"fojai\">Before it was removed from the site, a post about the attack shared that the hackers got access through a password that was shared across many accounts, <a href=\"https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/27/23375939/fast-company-apple-news-notification-hack?mc_cid=add57c6902&amp;mc_eid=2a64aafee5\">The Verge reported</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"dafb8\">Fast Company did not respond to a request for comment from the Tracker, but it <a href=\"https://twitter.com/FastCompany/status/1575215452368019456\">tweeted</a> that a “global incident response and cybersecurity firm” would lead an investigation.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "New York", "abbreviation": "NY" }, "updates": [ "(2022-10-05 19:01:00+00:00) Fast Company website back online eight days after cyberattack" ], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "Fast Company" ], "tags": [ "cyberattack" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Other Incident" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Two Occupy Democrats journalists barred from DeSantis press conference", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/two-occupy-democrats-journalists-barred-from-desantis-press-conference/", "first_published_at": "2022-10-14T16:21:32.547749Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-08T20:23:43.995389Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-08T20:23:43.914411Z", "date": "2022-09-22", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Miami", "longitude": -80.19366, "latitude": 25.77427, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"cof21\">Two journalists with the news arm of progressive political organization Occupy Democrats were barred from attending a press conference with Gov. 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We wanted to ask why DeSantis is using migrants as political props.</p>&mdash; Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/tomaskenn/status/1573005657594560512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 22, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"cof21\">In a video Kennedy <a href=\"https://twitter.com/tomaskenn/status/1573016253404532736\">posted on Twitter</a> of the interaction, a person he identifies as a Miami police detective says he and Grant have already been advised they are not welcome. “You’re not invited. You’re not press.”</p><p data-block-key=\"anslu\">Officer Roberto Heredia Rubio subsequently <a href=\"https://twitter.com/tomaskenn/status/1573016484326084609\">told the journalists</a> that it was a private event and that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement instructed the officers to prevent them from entering.</p><p data-block-key=\"ah51u\">According to the <a href=\"https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-desantis-china-influence-bills-20210607-7mlip2poz5hl3pcsokaabdg22i-story.html\">Orlando Sentinel</a>, DeSantis signed two bills into law that day aimed at combating foreign influence in Florida’s universities and increasing the penalties for selling trade secrets, particularly to foreign governments.</p><p data-block-key=\"39u6v\">Stern told the Tracker that during the interaction, another officer at the venue refused to identify himself and then began filming them on a cellphone. Stern requested that the officer send him a copy of the recording in compliance with the state’s public records law. The officer refused and forced them to exit the building under threat of arrest.</p><p data-block-key=\"bdth8\">“This is the second time that an officer from the City of Miami has responded to me making an on-the-spot records request with retaliatory conduct,” Stern said. “There’s a pattern and practice of civil rights violations in Miami.”</p><p data-block-key=\"3e1mv\">The governor’s office has<a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?politicians_or_public_figures_involved=Gov.%20Ron%20DeSantis\"> barred press from covering press conferences or bill signings</a> on at least four other occasions since March 2020, including an incident in April when both Stern and Kennedy were forcefully removed from a press conference with DeSantis and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñes. The Tracker documented that incident <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/two-occupy-democrats-journalists-removed-from-press-conference-with-florida-governor/\">here</a>.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [ "Gov. 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Tim Swietek, information technology director for Ogden Newspapers of Utah, told the Standard-Examiner that the intruders did not gain access to the cloud computers containing most of the newspaper’s data.</p><p data-block-key=\"fa5q9\">The compromised computer network was repaired the next day, Swietek told the Standard-Examiner, and normal printing resumed.</p><p data-block-key=\"bolkj\">Neither the Standard-Examiner nor the Daily Herald responded to requests for comment.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "Utah", "abbreviation": "UT" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "Provo Daily Herald", "Standard-Examiner" ], "tags": [ "cyberattack" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Other Incident" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Devices illegally seized in investigation of reporter’s murder, Review-Journal argues", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/devices-illegally-seized-in-investigation-of-reporters-murder-review-journal-argues/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-27T17:41:09.041418Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-16T18:47:38.743833Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-16T18:47:38.629469Z", "date": "2022-09-03", "exact_date_unknown": true, "city": "Las Vegas", "longitude": -115.13722, "latitude": 36.17497, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"vg957\">The Las Vegas Review-Journal filed a motion for a protective order on Sept. 26, 2022, arguing that authorities should be barred from searching the electronic devices seized as part of the investigation into the murder of reporter Jeff German.</p><p data-block-key=\"914sm\">German, who had covered crime and political corruption in Las Vegas for more than 40 years, was <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/county-official-arrested-in-stabbing-death-of-las-vegas-journalist/\">stabbed outside his home</a> on Sept. 2. Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was arrested on suspicion of murder less than a week later and is being held without bail awaiting trial.</p><p data-block-key=\"387qk\">According to court filings reviewed by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, both Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson contacted the Review-Journal, alerting the newspaper to the seizure of German’s devices and requesting a waiver to allow authorities to search them.</p><p data-block-key=\"dagbf\">The Clark County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to an emailed request for comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"2591i\">In total, officers seized an iPhone, three iMacs, a Macbook and an external hard drive from German’s home, according to the motion. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told the newspaper in writing on Sept. 16 that the devices had not been searched and would not be until the court issued an order authorizing the review.</p><p data-block-key=\"5gsmi\">Ashley Kissinger, an attorney representing the newspaper, sent a letter to the Metro Police Department, the Clark County public defender representing Telles and the District Attorney’s Office on Sept. 21 listing their concerns and requesting a call to further discuss the issue. Kissinger sent a follow up letter two days later proposing a resolution before resorting to filing a motion for a protective order.</p><p data-block-key=\"4dmv4\">When reached for comment, Review-Journal Executive Editor Glenn Cook provided a copy of the motion and declined to comment further.</p><p data-block-key=\"3tenr\">The letters and the motion filed on the Review-Journal’s behalf on Sept. 26 argue that German’s contacts, communications and work product are protected from seizure and review under Nevada’s shield law and the federal <a href=\"https://www.justice.gov/archives/jm/criminal-resource-manual-661-privacy-protection-act-1980\">Privacy Protection Act</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"7kctr\">“The Review-Journal appreciates the efforts of law enforcement to investigate the murder of Mr. German, and of all those seeking to ensure that justice is done for this horrific crime,” the motion states. “However, the newspaper has serious and urgent concerns about the protection of confidential sources and other unpublished journalistic work product contained in the Seized Devices.”</p><p data-block-key=\"967bt\">The motion further requests that the court allow the Review-Journal to review the devices, identify the newsgathering materials contained on them and determine whether it wishes to waive its privilege concerning any of the files.</p><p data-block-key=\"46pui\">The Committee to Protect Journalists, a founding partner of the Tracker, <a href=\"https://cpj.org/2022/09/cpj-supports-las-vegas-review-journals-efforts-to-protect-slain-reporters-unpublished-source-material/\">expressed its support</a> for the newspaper.</p><p data-block-key=\"59d5j\">“A murder investigation should not be used as a pretext to access unreported source material that should be protected by both the First Amendment and Nevada’s shield law,” CPJ U.S. and Canada Program Coordinator Katherine Jacobsen said in a statement. “If law enforcement were to gain access to decades of Jeff German’s unpublished work, including sensitive source material, it would make an already difficult situation even worse.”</p><p data-block-key=\"flsd3\">According to the court filing, a hearing on the motion is scheduled for Sept. 28.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/German_motion.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"7f134\">A portion of the motion filed on behalf of the Las Vegas Review-Journal seeking to protect the newsgathering materials contained on multiple devices seized from slain reporter Jeff German’s home in September 2022.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": null, "status_of_seized_equipment": "in custody", "is_search_warrant_obtained": true, "actor": "law enforcement", 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"updates": [ "(2022-10-05 11:34:00+00:00) Judge grants Review-Journal emergency protective order against searching slain reporter’s devices", "(2022-10-11 15:26:00+00:00) Judge grants injunction barring searching slain reporter’s devices until agreement reached", "(2022-10-19 12:05:00+00:00) Injunction to be heard by Nevada Supreme Court following police department appeal", "(2022-11-15 13:47:00+00:00) Judges side with Review-Journal in series of rulings on seizure of slain reporter’s devices" ], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Equipment Search or Seizure", "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jeff German (Las Vegas Review-Journal)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "County official arrested in stabbing death of Las Vegas investigative journalist", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/county-official-arrested-in-stabbing-death-of-las-vegas-journalist/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-08T14:30:50.435711Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-03T14:57:25.512601Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-03T14:57:25.409693Z", "date": "2022-09-02", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Las Vegas", "longitude": -115.13722, "latitude": 36.17497, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"pupxg\">On Sept. 7, 2022, Las Vegas police arrested a public official on suspicion of murdering a Las Vegas Review-Journal journalist, <a href=\"https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/police-arrest-county-official-in-reporters-stabbing-death-2635486/\">according to the outlet</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"30ni2\">Investigative reporter Jeff German was found fatally stabbed outside of his home on the morning of Sept. 3, with police saying they believe he was attacked the previous morning. In the <a href=\"https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/review-journal-investigative-reporter-jeff-german-killed-outside-home-2634323/\">report of his death</a>, Review-Journal Executive Editor Glenn Cook said German had never communicated concerns about his personal safety or threats made against him.</p><p data-block-key=\"flmun\">On Sept. 6, LVMPD <a href=\"https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/police-release-images-of-suspect-in-reporters-slaying-seek-footage-2634614/\">released two images</a> during a news conference, including one of a suspect next to a vehicle. Later that evening, <a href=\"https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/police-arrest-county-official-in-reporters-stabbing-death-2635486/\">according to the Review-Journal</a>, reporters for the outlet observed Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles in his driveway next to a vehicle matching the description.</p><p data-block-key=\"akh1a\">German had published a series of <a href=\"https://www.reviewjournal.com/investigations/county-office-in-turmoil-with-secret-video-and-claims-of-bullying-hostility-2577147/\">investigations</a> into Telles beginning in May which revealed a hostile work environment characterized by bullying, retaliation and an “inappropriate relationship” between Telles and a staffer during his oversight of the public administrator’s office.</p><p data-block-key=\"cbcr3\">On Sept. 7, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department searched Telles’ home and arrested him that evening, <a href=\"https://www.reviewjournal.com/investigations/who-is-county-official-robert-telles-2635614/\">according to the Review-Journal</a>.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">TELLES ARRESTED: Police have arrested Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles on Wednesday on suspicion of murder of Las Vegas Review Journal investigative reporter Jeff German, according to <a href=\"https://twitter.com/LVMPD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@LVMPD</a> Sheriff Joe Lombardo. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/RJNow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#RJNow</a> <a href=\"https://t.co/V4IqE7euZP\">pic.twitter.com/V4IqE7euZP</a></p>&mdash; James Schaeffer (@jamesmschaeffer) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/jamesmschaeffer/status/1567691946965233664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 8, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"pupxg\">“The arrest of Robert Telles is at once an enormous relief and an outrage for the Review-Journal newsroom,” Executive Editor Cook said in a statement to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. “We are relieved Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists can’t do the important work our communities require if they are afraid a presentation of facts could lead to violent retribution. We thank Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s killing. Now, hopefully, the Review-Journal, the German family and Jeff’s many friends can begin the process of mourning and honoring a great man and a brave reporter.”</p><p data-block-key=\"bh5dt\">Telles is being held on suspicion of murder and has a court appearance scheduled on Sept. 8, according to online Clark County Jail records reviewed by the Tracker.</p><p data-block-key=\"99ov7\">As of publication, LVMPD and the Review-Journal could not be reached for comment.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/image_ExDg1DK.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"ubmb1\">Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative journalist Jeff German, photographed on Las Vegas’ Strip in June 2021, was killed outside his home on Sept. 2, 2022. A county official has been charged with his murder.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "politician", "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": "Nevada", "abbreviation": "NV" }, "updates": [ "(2022-09-08 14:22:00+00:00) Las Vegas police say evidence ties county official to murder of Review-Journal journalist", "(2022-11-02 10:57:00+00:00) Trial date set for county official charged in the murder of Las Vegas journalist", "(2022-10-18 12:07:00+00:00) County official accused of stabbing death of Las Vegas journalist denied bail", "(2022-10-19 13:37:00+00:00) County official charged with murder of Las Vegas journalist, faces possible death penalty", "(2022-10-26 13:33:00+00:00) County official pleads not guilty in the murder of Las Vegas journalist" ], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "killed" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jeff German (Las Vegas Review-Journal)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "California journalism advisor threatened with suspension, rescinded after appeal", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/california-journalism-advisor-threatened-with-suspension-rescinded-after-appeal/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-19T20:31:03.727845Z", "last_published_at": "2022-09-19T20:31:03.727845Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-09-19T20:31:03.673728Z", "date": "2022-09-01", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Lake Balboa", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"ptx2y\">The suspension of a journalism advisor at a high school in Lake Balboa, California, was rescinded on Sept. 16, 2022 following a lengthy conflict with school administrators.</p><p data-block-key=\"156bb\">Daniel Pearl Magnet High School’s journalism advisor, Adriana Chavira, was given an unpaid three-day suspension on Sept. 1, after Chavira repeatedly denied school administrators&#x27; requests that she remove a librarian’s name from a fall 2021 student story about a vaccine mandate protest, the <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-08/los-angeles-daniel-pearl-high-school-journalism-advisor-faces-suspension\">Los Angeles Times reported</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"cjag3\">Chavira, ​a former reporter and longtime journalism advisor at the high school, told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that she left the name in the story because the student journalists didn’t want it removed.</p><p data-block-key=\"7u2p8\">“It’s a student-run publication,” Chavira said. “I read the stories before they’re posted, but the students are the ones who ultimately write the headlines, post them and make it live. I don’t do that.”</p><p data-block-key=\"cdmj8\">The <a href=\"https://www.thepearlpost.com/27098/showcase/school-staff-vaccine-mandate-sparks-protests-causes-librarian-to-leave/\">original report</a> about people protesting the school district’s vaccination mandate was published in November 2021. The article named a librarian who had refused to be vaccinated and left the school because of the mandate, causing the school library to close.</p><p data-block-key=\"8eue1\">Chavira said she received an email from the librarian in mid-November asking that her name be taken out of the story. Chavira forwarded the email to the Pearl Post’s student journalists, who consulted with the Student Press Law Center and decided not to remove the name given its newsworthiness.</p><p data-block-key=\"av322\">Mike Hiestand, senior legal counsel for the SPLC, said that California has the oldest law protecting students’ First Amendment rights in the country. The law, <a href=\"https://splc.org/1977/02/california-student-free-expression-law-includes-adviser-protection-provision/\">Education Code 48907</a>, also protects journalism advisors from retaliation.</p><p data-block-key=\"7b91\">“It’s such an easy legal case,” Hiestand said. “And I really am befuddled by why the district has taken the stance that it has.”</p><p data-block-key=\"2dacp\">In a statement emailed to the Tracker before the suspension was rescinded, a Los Angeles Unified School District spokesperson said they were unable to address ongoing personnel matters. “We will continue to support our students and their journalistic endeavors at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School while also respecting the concerns of our school community.”</p><p data-block-key=\"fhsdf\">Chavira said she received her first email from school administrators threatening disciplinary action if the name wasn’t taken out of the story in January 2022. In a months-long back-and-forth, she said, the school would repeatedly give her deadlines to remove the name. She repeatedly ignored them, arguing that it was up to the students’ discretion.</p><p data-block-key=\"4kbto\">The suspension, which Chavira said would have been handed down in June 2022 if the school’s principal hadn&#x27;t fallen ill at the end of the school year, came three weeks into the fall 2022 semester. According to Chavira, the school completely ignored the law protecting the student publication and framed the suspension as an issue of insubordination.</p><p data-block-key=\"1l18k\">Backed by the California Teachers Association, journalists and press freedom advocates around the country, Chavira’s suspension was rescinded following an appeal hearing on Sept. 16, <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-17/suspension-rescinded-for-l-a-journalism-teacher-who-refused-to-censor-student-article\">the Times reported.</a> Supporters also include the father of Daniel Pearl, the slain reporter after whom the school is named. In <a href=\"https://lapressclub.org/pearl-family-la-press-club-share-support-high-school-journalism-advisor/\">an LA Press Club statement</a>, Judea Pearl, who is also the president of his son’s namesake foundation, praised the journalism advisor for inspiring her students.</p><p data-block-key=\"2o9rf\">In her <a href=\"https://twitter.com/adrianachavira/status/1570981832350658563\">tweet</a> celebrating the successful appeal, Chavira thanked the many supporters.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">🧵My suspension has been rescinded! You have no idea how relieved I am! I am grateful to the many journalism organizations &amp; people who supported my students &amp; me throughout this ordeal. Yes, I wore this <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/FirstAmendment?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#FirstAmendment</a> shirt to my appeal meeting on Zoom today. (1/6) <a href=\"https://t.co/TaSZPaUS7U\">pic.twitter.com/TaSZPaUS7U</a></p>&mdash; Adriana Chavira (@adrianachavira) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/adrianachavira/status/1570981832350658563?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 17, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"ptx2y\">“The district should never have attempted to censor my students and discipline me,” Chavira wrote. “All along, I knew we were in the right and I&#x27;m proud of my students for holding their ground, too.”</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "The Pearl Post" ], "tags": [ "coronavirus", "student journalism" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Other Incident" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Judge quashes subpoena of opinion editor as part of Flint water suit", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/judge-quashes-subpoena-of-opinion-editor-as-part-of-flint-water-suit/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-30T21:20:30.396420Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-30T21:23:44.944854Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-30T21:23:44.877571Z", "date": "2022-09-01", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Ann Arbor", "longitude": -83.74088, "latitude": 42.27756, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"zdgol\">Two Detroit News editors were issued subpoenas on Sept. 1, 2022, as part of ongoing litigation around the contamination of the water system in Flint, Michigan. The subpoenas, which ordered Opinion Editor Brendan Clarey and Editor and Publisher Gary Miles to turn over documents and sit for depositions, were subsequently quashed.</p><p data-block-key=\"fr1ij\">The Detroit News had published an opinion piece on Aug. 31 that criticized a lawsuit brought against two engineering firms for their alleged role in the water crisis. Earlier that month, a federal judge had declared a mistrial in the case.</p><p data-block-key=\"c6aps\">The <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2233.3.pdf\">subpoenas</a>, issued by the plaintiff’s after the mistrial, sought all communications and newsgathering material related to the op-ed, which was written by the president of The American Tort Reform Association. The subpoenas also specifically sought information about the editorial process for the op-ed and whether one of the engineering firms was involved in placing the piece.</p><p data-block-key=\"7mc47\">Miles, who responded to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker’s request for comment, said that at first they didn’t know that Clarey had also been issued a subpoena because he was on family leave. The Tracker has documented Miles’ subpoena <a data-linktype=\"page\" data-id=\"1899\" data-parent-id=\"27\" href=\"/all-incidents/two-detroit-news-editors-subpoenaed-as-part-of-flint-water-suit/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"8b80b\">Miles said that before the op-ed was published, a reporter at the newspaper had contacted the plaintiffs’ attorney for comment on a separate news story, which concerned a possible public relations campaign being waged by the defendants.</p><p data-block-key=\"fs4uv\">Miles said that, while he doesn’t know the rationale of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, it’s possible they feared or suspected the news organization was being co-opted by defendants, because the op-ed ran before the news story was published.</p><p data-block-key=\"8vv5e\">Plaintiffs’ attorney Corey Stern issued the subpoenas and <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2233.5.pdf\">sent a letter</a> to The Detroit News’ attorneys on Sept. 1, accusing the newspaper of publishing defamatory claims about him and of conspiring with the defendants in the suit.</p><p data-block-key=\"6hj2a\">Attorneys for Clarey and Miles filed a <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2233.0.pdf\">motion to quash</a> on Oct. 17.</p><p data-block-key=\"9vd9e\">“The burden on Mr. Miles and Mr. Clarey to attend depositions and produce documents is great, as it potentially requires them to produce confidential, unpublished material and communications,” the motion stated. “Allowing access to these materials and communications from a journalist will severely inhibit the flow of accurate information to the interested public.”</p><p data-block-key=\"boltt\">District Judge Judith Levy <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2267.0_1.pdf\">ruled</a> in favor of the journalists on Nov. 17.</p><p data-block-key=\"7urnd\">“While there are certainly some circumstances where it would be appropriate for a party to take third-party discovery from a media outlet,” Levy wrote in her ruling, “this is not one of them.”</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Clarey_subpoena.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"heiej\">A portion of the motion filed on behalf of Detroit News editors Gary Miles and Brendan Clarey seeking to quash the subpoenas issued them by plaintiffs in an ongoing Flint water crisis lawsuit on Sept. 1, 2022.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "journalist communications or work product", "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": [], "case_statuses": [], "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": [ "Brendan Clarey (Detroit News)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "quashed" ] }, { "title": "Two Detroit News editors subpoenaed as part of Flint water suit", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/two-detroit-news-editors-subpoenaed-as-part-of-flint-water-suit/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-30T21:22:33.975137Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-30T21:22:33.975137Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-30T21:22:33.916661Z", "date": "2022-09-01", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Ann Arbor", "longitude": -83.74088, "latitude": 42.27756, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"9u4y7\">Two Detroit News editors were issued subpoenas on Sept. 1, 2022, as part of ongoing litigation around the contamination of the water system in Flint, Michigan. The subpoenas, which ordered Editor and Publisher Gary Miles and Opinion Editor Brendan Clarey to turn over documents and sit for depositions, were subsequently quashed.</p><p data-block-key=\"5os4\">The Detroit News had published an opinion piece on Aug. 31 that criticized a lawsuit brought against two engineering firms for their alleged role in the water crisis. Earlier that month, a federal judge had declared a mistrial in the case.</p><p data-block-key=\"3q2j\">The <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2233.3.pdf\">subpoenas</a>, issued by the plaintiffs after the mistrial, sought all communications and newsgathering material related to the op-ed, which was written by the president of The American Tort Reform Association. The subpoenas also specifically sought information about the editorial process for the op-ed and whether one of the engineering firms was involved in placing the piece.</p><p data-block-key=\"brj5s\">Editor and Publisher Miles told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that before the op-ed was published, a reporter at the newspaper had contacted the plaintiffs’ attorney for comment on a separate news story, which concerned a possible public relations campaign being waged by the defendants. </p><p data-block-key=\"cm62c\">Miles said that, while he doesn’t know the rationale of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, it’s possible they feared or suspected the news organization was being co-opted by defendants, because the op-ed ran before the news story was published.</p><p data-block-key=\"dnr6u\">“They also might have simply seen the timing of the op-ed as another glaring example of the defendants trying to influence a prospective jury before it was seated for retrial,” he said.</p><p data-block-key=\"ebega\">Plaintiffs’ attorney Corey Stern issued the subpoenas and <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2233.5.pdf\">sent a letter</a> to The Detroit News’ attorneys on Sept. 1, accusing the newspaper of publishing defamatory claims about him and of conspiring with the defendants in the suit.</p><p data-block-key=\"5o2q2\">An attorney representing Miles sent a <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2233.6.pdf\">letter to Stern</a> on Sept. 27, stating that Miles would not comply with the subpoena and that they’d file a motion to quash the request if the plaintiffs refused to withdraw it. </p><p data-block-key=\"hou4\">“You are attempting to use the discovery process in an ongoing litigation to investigate your own meritless defamation claims,” the letter said. “This is an improper use of the discovery process, and we are confident the Court will not endorse this type of fishing expedition in the context of the ongoing Flint Water Litigation.” </p><p data-block-key=\"aeda5\">Miles told the Tracker that at first they didn’t know that Opinion Editor Clarey had also been issued a subpoena, as he was on family leave. The Tracker has documented Clarey’s subpoena <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/judge-quashes-subpoena-of-opinion-editor-as-part-of-flint-water-suit/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"6c0uu\">The plaintiffs refused to withdraw their subpoenas, and attorneys for Clarey and Miles filed a <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2233.0.pdf\">motion to quash</a> on Oct. 17. </p><p data-block-key=\"ao0em\">“The burden on Mr. Miles and Mr. Clarey to attend depositions and produce documents is great, as it potentially requires them to produce confidential, unpublished material and communications,” the motion stated. “Allowing access to these materials and communications from a journalist will severely inhibit the flow of accurate information to the interested public.”</p><p data-block-key=\"e87h7\">District Judge Judith Levy <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.308134/gov.uscourts.mied.308134.2267.0_1.pdf\">ruled</a> in favor of the journalists on Nov. 17.</p><p data-block-key=\"2kcgl\">“While there are certainly some circumstances where it would be appropriate for a party to take third-party discovery from a media outlet,” Levy wrote in her ruling, “this is not one of them.”</p><p data-block-key=\"6t8j9\">Miles told the Tracker he was pleased with the judge’s ruling, and he hopes that it will set a precedent for protecting journalists from being targeted with similar fishing expeditions.</p><p data-block-key=\"7t5ji\">“Even though there’s an expense to fighting off a subpoena like this, I think that’s ultimately the reward,” Miles said. “You can’t use the media to do your discovery, because the media has to have some manner of independence from the discovery in civil lawsuits so we’re not seen as an arm of one side or another.”</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Miles_subpoena.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"bcj8z\">A portion of the subpoena issued to Detroit News Editor and Published Gary Miles on Sept. 1, 2022. The subpoena sought communications, work product and testimony in connection with an ongoing Flint water crisis lawsuit. </p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "journalist communications or work product", "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": [], "case_statuses": [], "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": [ "Gary Miles (Detroit News)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "quashed" ] }, { "title": "Independent journalist shot with pepper ball at Modesto protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-shot-with-pepper-ball-at-modesto-protest/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-07T20:42:42.812265Z", "last_published_at": "2022-09-22T13:40:33.792530Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-09-22T13:40:33.713776Z", "date": "2022-08-27", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Modesto", "longitude": -120.99688, "latitude": 37.6391, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"m8qxb\">Independent journalist Jake Lee Green was shot with a crowd-control munition while documenting the clash of protesters and counterprotesters at a National Straight Pride Coalition event in Modesto, California, on Aug. 27, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"cpeut\">Green told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he was on assignment for News2Share, a collective that sells footage to news outlets, to document the fourth annual “straight pride” parade outside of a Planned Parenthood. Though the event didn’t take place — because LGBTQ rights activists arrived before them to stop it — the demonstrators and counterprotesters began to clash, with some brawling in the street.</p><p data-block-key=\"2sh67\">The Modesto Police Department <a href=\"https://www.modbee.com/news/local/article264994959.html\">told The Modesto Bee</a> it declared the event an “unlawful gathering” after a bush caught fire. MPD officers and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies formed a line pushing the counterprotesters back, according to the Bee.</p><p data-block-key=\"acn83\">Green said he and other colleagues asked police officers where to be, and they were told they had to “go with the crowd.”</p><p data-block-key=\"skum\">“We kept constantly trying to let them know that we were press and even when we tried to cross the street to get out of the crowd so we could differentiate ourselves from them, the police ended up taking over the entire street and pushing the entire street out and away,” Green said.</p><p data-block-key=\"52jvo\">Green told the Tracker he had been photographing a group of young activists at the police line who were being struck with batons and shot with pepper balls during the forced dispersal at around 11:15 a.m. According to Green, that’s when an MPD officer shot him with a pepper ball munition.<br/></p><p data-block-key=\"8u96p\">“I was focused on that group of people because I saw that [the officer] was shooting at them, I wasn’t actually necessarily paying attention to him although he was in the frame,” Green said. “And while I was focused on them he must have turned to me and shot toward my left pretty indiscriminately.”</p><p data-block-key=\"a83o9\">Green told the Tracker he was carrying a professional camera and had attached his press credentials to his hat so that they could be easily seen. He said that the officer wasn’t being careful enough to notice that he was a member of the press or did notice and decided to fire at him anyway.</p><p data-block-key=\"de8bs\">When things calmed down shortly after, Green checked his wound. “I thought, ‘OK, I’m bleeding a little bit but not too bad,’ and I continued to do my work throughout the day.”</p><p data-block-key=\"7qlmk\">MPD did not respond to a call requesting comment.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Jake_Lee_Green.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"bprv9\">Independent journalist Jake Lee Green was shot in the leg with a pepper ball, a type of crowd-control munition, while documenting a ‘straight pride’ event and counterprotest in Modesto, California, on Aug. 27, 2022.</p>", "arresting_authority": null, "arrest_status": null, "status_of_charges": null, "release_date": null, "detention_date": null, "unnecessary_use_of_force": false, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "chemical irritant", "LGBTQ rights", "protest", "shot / shot at" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jake Lee Green (News2Share)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Student journalist hit with police baton, pepper-sprayed at Puerto Rico protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/student-journalist-pepper-sprayed-hit-with-police-baton-while-covering-protests-in-puerto-rico/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-14T14:09:24.980118Z", "last_published_at": "2022-10-13T19:29:35.730473Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-10-13T19:29:35.664288Z", "date": "2022-08-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "San Juan", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"828f1\">Student journalist Diego Berrios told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he was assaulted on Aug. 25, 2022, by a law enforcement officer while covering ongoing protests in San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p><p data-block-key=\"cuoci\">Berrios, a student at the University of Puerto Rico who reports for <a href=\"https://pulsoestudiantil.com/\">Pulso Estudiantil</a>, told the Tracker in Spanish that he was in the island’s historic district covering demonstrations denouncing LUMA Energy, the private company contracted to take over the island’s electricity grid.</p><p data-block-key=\"7ernh\">Reuters reported that hundreds of protesters <a href=\"https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/hundreds-protest-demand-puerto-rico-scrap-contract-with-power-grid-operator-2022-07-20/\">marched in the streets</a> in a call for government officials to end a 15-year contract with the energy company after years of recurring blackouts and rising power costs.</p><p data-block-key=\"dsh60\">Berrios said that evening he followed other journalists documenting protesters clashing with a line of police officers near a permanent barrier that had been erected after the <a href=\"https://www.latinorebels.com/2019/07/26/rossellofalls/\">2019 protests</a> that ousted the then-governor.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"es\" dir=\"ltr\">[AHORA] Cientos de manifestantes acuden a la calle Fortaleza en protesta contra <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/LUMAEnergy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#LUMAEnergy</a>. El reclamo principal de la protesta es la cancelación del contrato con la compañía de servicio energético. <a href=\"https://t.co/vPMrYMHng4\">pic.twitter.com/vPMrYMHng4</a></p>&mdash; Pulso Estudiantil (@PulsoEST) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/PulsoEST/status/1562924017463562243?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 25, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"828f1\">“I was standing with all the other photojournalists and reporters when the police officers arrested a couple of protesters,” Berrios said. “That’s when one police officer released pepper spray into the crowd.”</p><p data-block-key=\"99qje\">Berrios told the Tracker he saw independent journalist Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco get hit directly with the irritant, an <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-pepper-sprayed-covering-protests-in-puerto-rico/\">incident the Tracker documented here</a>. The spray covered Berrios’ camera lens and the front of his T-shirt.</p><p data-block-key=\"7hiu7\">Police officers then ordered the crowd to disperse, Berrios said, and he followed the protesters away from the barricade. He identified himself as a journalist multiple times to police officers who were demanding that he leave the area.</p><p data-block-key=\"3hs6d\">“At that point, I was with a group of photojournalists documenting altercations between the police and the protesters,” Berrios said. “Suddenly, a line of officers started aggressively coming toward us, despite us telling them we were journalists.”</p><p data-block-key=\"ul6c\">That’s also when Berrios captured the assault of NotiCel photojournalist Juan Costa by law enforcement, an incident the Tracker has documented <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/noticel-photojournalist-assaulted-by-police-while-covering-protests-in-puerto-rico/\">here</a>.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"es\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/LUMAEnergy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#LUMAEnergy</a> | Fuerza de choque agrede a miembros de la prensa en la protesta de la calle Fortaleza. <a href=\"https://t.co/vgLhkl797S\">pic.twitter.com/vgLhkl797S</a></p>&mdash; Pulso Estudiantil (@PulsoEST) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/PulsoEST/status/1562978397651075072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 26, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"828f1\">Berrios said he tried moving away from the advancing police officers to an area that had been cleared, but they continued to follow him.</p><p data-block-key=\"c74q9\">“I was backing away and even put a chair between the officer and me to create some space, but the officer caught up with me, hit my arm with his police baton, knocked my phone to the ground and then pushed me down.”</p><p data-block-key=\"f88pi\">As he got up and collected his phone, which sustained a small crack, Berrios said he touched the pepper spray-covered T-shirt and then wiped his eyes. He said he immediately went down in pain until demonstrators came and poured milk in my eyes to get the pepper spray out.</p><p data-block-key=\"29r90\">“It was my first time covering a protest that became violent, so I was really nervous — I was shaking,” Berrios said. “But I saw that other photojournalists stayed, so I felt like it was my job to stay, too.”</p><p data-block-key=\"b724q\">In a press conference held the following day, Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa expressed his regret for the incidents and said claims of violence by the police toward journalists would be investigated.</p><p data-block-key=\"kvot\">Berrios said he didn’t believe much would come from the commissioner’s statement.</p><p data-block-key=\"36t9l\">“I feel like our claims were not taken seriously because there haven’t been any consequences for the officers involved in incidents that night,” he said.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "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, "case_number": null, "case_type": 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": "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": "Puerto Rico", "abbreviation": "PR" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "protest" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Diego Berrios (Pulso Estudiantil)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Independent journalist pepper-sprayed covering protests in Puerto Rico", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-pepper-sprayed-covering-protests-in-puerto-rico/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-09T17:53:04.936253Z", "last_published_at": "2022-09-20T19:47:15.282071Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-09-20T19:47:15.204694Z", "date": "2022-08-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "San Juan", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"wrppp\">An independent journalist was pepper-sprayed by law enforcement officers while covering protests on Aug. 25, 2022, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p><p data-block-key=\"c6hfh\">Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that protests in Puerto Rico’s historic district started off calmly, as individuals gathered to hear speakers denounce LUMA Energy, the private company contracted to take over the island’s electricity grid.</p><p data-block-key=\"scfh\">Reuters reported that hundreds of protesters <a href=\"https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/hundreds-protest-demand-puerto-rico-scrap-contract-with-power-grid-operator-2022-07-20/\">marched in the streets</a> in a call for government officials to end a 15-year contract with the energy company after years of recurring blackouts and rising power costs.</p><p data-block-key=\"cpt6u\">Berríos Polanco, who was <a href=\"https://www.latinorebels.com/2022/08/26/puertoricoprotestluma/\">reporting for Latino Rebels</a>, said police officers were present throughout most of the day but began acting aggressive later in the night, when protesters started moving toward a permanent police barricade that was set up after <a href=\"https://www.latinorebels.com/2019/07/26/rossellofalls/\">2019 protests</a> that ousted the then-governor.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"es\" dir=\"ltr\">El <a href=\"https://twitter.com/PRPDNoticias?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@PRPDNoticias</a> ataco a varios periodistas claramente identificados en la noche de ayer, incluyéndome a mi. El “goop” de pimienta que usaron me dio en el ojo cuando estaba documentando el uso excesivo de la fuerza. Pueden ver que ademas del carnet, dice PRESS en mi casco. <a href=\"https://t.co/yM4qMaHeYq\">pic.twitter.com/yM4qMaHeYq</a></p>&mdash; carlos (vibe describer) (@Vaquero2XL) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/Vaquero2XL/status/1563027777317904384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 26, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"wrppp\"><br/>By the evening, according to Berríos Polanco, the number of officers in riot gear had nearly doubled and there were clashes with individuals pushing against the barrier. Berríos Polanco said he was filming when an officer standing behind a police line started spraying the crowd with pepper spray.</p><p data-block-key=\"1siv\">Berríos Polanco said his equipment was not damaged by the irritant but believed the officer knowingly sprayed him.</p><p data-block-key=\"2qrci\">“For some reason, even though I was wearing my helmet with the word ‘PRESS’ and I had my ID around my neck, he decided to fill my face and cover my phone with pepper spray,” Berríos Polanco said.</p><p data-block-key=\"56v8s\">Berríos Polanco said he continued reporting after washing the irritant out of his eyes and donning a gas mask. Soon after, he said police officers deployed tear gas into the crowd and shoved a NotiCel photojournalist, Juan R. Costa, to the ground.</p><p data-block-key=\"4qmms\">Governor Pedro Pierluisi <a href=\"https://twitter.com/GovPierluisi/status/1563139292435689473\">condemned the violence on Twitter</a>, saying that every aggression reported that night would be investigated. Berríos Polanco said the statements don’t inspire much confidence.</p><p data-block-key=\"bg3ks\">“I feel like it&#x27;s happened before and it&#x27;ll probably continue to happen again, as long as police use such violent tactics to quell people just being like, ‘Hey, when are we going to get stable electricity again?’” Berríos Polanco said.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/RTSAVOOW.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"l9rp2\">Protests in San Juan, Puerto Rico, continued on Sept. 1, 2022, against the government’s energy provider. Reporter Carlos E. 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Costa told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he was covering the ongoing protests in the island’s historic district denouncing LUMA Energy, the private company contracted to take over the island’s electricity grid.</p><p data-block-key=\"66s74\">Reuters reported that hundreds of protesters <a href=\"https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/hundreds-protest-demand-puerto-rico-scrap-contract-with-power-grid-operator-2022-07-20/\">marched in the streets</a> in a call for government officials to end a 15-year contract with the energy company after years of recurring blackouts and rising power costs.</p><p data-block-key=\"7f4ov\">Only a small group of protesters remained by 9 p.m, Costa said, and the group headed toward a line of police officers behind a permanent barrier that was set up after the <a href=\"https://www.latinorebels.com/2019/07/26/rossellofalls/\">2019 protests</a> that ousted the then-governor. A scuffle ensued, he said, when some individuals began pushing the barrier and throwing water bottles and rocks at the police.</p><p data-block-key=\"6jpci\">Costa said one police officer responded by spraying the crowd and a group of reporters with pepper spray. Independent journalist Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco, who was in the group, told the Tracker he was <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-pepper-sprayed-covering-protests-in-puerto-rico/\">targeted and directly hit with the spray</a>. Costa’s camera was covered in the chemical irritant.</p><p data-block-key=\"f52it\">Shortly after, Costa was recording as police officers ordered the crowd to disperse. An officer told him to leave the area, but after he identified himself as a journalist, that officer allowed him to stay. Immediately afterward, two other police officers ordered him to move.</p><p data-block-key=\"7moqv\">“I again identified myself as press,” Costa said. “I have credentials, and obviously, I&#x27;m carrying two professional cameras.”</p><p data-block-key=\"49j0j\">One officer suddenly hit the photojournalist in the lower abdomen with his police baton, Costa said, then forcefully pushed him back, causing him to fall.</p><p data-block-key=\"53uru\">“I cannot stand up because of my equipment, and while I’m trying to get up, the same police officer keeps telling me, pointing his finger in my face, that I need to move. I tell him that I cannot move and ask him to please help me up,” Costa said.</p><p data-block-key=\"2qio2\">Costa, who recorded his assault, said the officer helped him up but started hitting him and pushing him toward a line of officers as he tried to leave.</p><p data-block-key=\"bp46l\">Costa’s video of the assault spread widely, with one journalist posting the footage on Twitter, writing, “This is what police brutality against the press looks like.”</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">This is what police brutality against the press looks like. In solidarity with my friend and Puerto Rican photojournalist <a href=\"https://twitter.com/NotiJuan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@NotiJuan</a>. <br> <a href=\"https://t.co/dj7MprNWpL\">pic.twitter.com/dj7MprNWpL</a></p>&mdash; Angélica Serrano-Román🇵🇷 (@angelicaserran0) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/angelicaserran0/status/1562984773361885184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 26, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"um2e6\">In a Twitter thread, Costa said that Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa called him to express regret for the incident and assure him that all claims of violence by the police toward journalists would be investigated.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"es\" dir=\"ltr\">Anoche recibí una llamada del comisionado de la Policía, Antonio López Figueroa, quien se expresó solidario con nuestro trabajo, se excusó por el incidente y me aseguró que van a investigar la agresión.<br><br>Le agradecí sus palabras. También por dar cara sin obligación de hacerlo.</p>&mdash; Juan R. Costa (@NotiJuan) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/NotiJuan/status/1563157889170423808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 26, 2022</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\"><p data-block-key=\"um2e6\">The next day, the police commissioner <a href=\"https://www.wfla.com/tampa-hoy/america-latina/la-policia-es-amiga-de-la-prensa-comisionado-habla-sobre-agresion-a-periodista-en-protestas-contra-luma-en-puerto-rico/\">held a press conference</a> about the incidents. He said police officers were “a friend of the media” and confirmed that he had reached out to Costa.</p><p data-block-key=\"4v49e\">Costa urged that incidents like his are rare, but important to share.</p><p data-block-key=\"8046g\">“I did not feel that this was an attack by the police force, but rather by a rogue officer who disregarded the rules and took it upon himself to attack the press,” Costa said. “Sometimes these incidents do happen. And when they do, we press members take it upon ourselves to publicize it, to denounce it, and to make sure that everybody sees it. 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