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[ { "title": "New Hampshire newspaper publisher arrested, charged with violating political ad laws", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/new-hampshire-newspaper-publisher-arrested-charged-with-violating-political-ad-laws/", "first_published_at": "2022-08-26T20:14:11.300158Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-01T18:03:43.764718Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-01T18:03:43.691037Z", "date": "2022-08-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Londonderry", "longitude": -71.37395, "latitude": 42.86509, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"5aph8\">The publisher of a New Hampshire-based weekly newspaper, the Londonderry Times, was arrested on Aug. 24, 2022, and charged with publishing political advertisements without correctly identifying them as ads.</p><p data-block-key=\"br0ik\">According to <a href=\"https://www.doj.nh.gov/news/2022/20220824-debra-paul-arrest.htm\">a press release</a> by Attorney General John M. Formella, publisher Debra Paul was charged with six misdemeanor counts of violating <a href=\"http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/lxiii/664/664-mrg.htm\">state laws on political advertisements</a>. Paul had previously been investigated and warned by the state’s Election Law Unit for failing to comply with state election law in 2019 and 2021. According to the statement, Paul was issued a final warning letter about properly labeling the ads in September 2021.</p><p data-block-key=\"2pu3m\">In a statement emailed to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a founding partner of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, Paul condemned the state’s actions against the newspaper.</p><p data-block-key=\"5rbfs\">“This is clearly a case of a small business needing to defend itself against overreaching government. To threaten a small business owner with jail time over something this insignificant is very heavy handed,” Paul wrote.</p><p data-block-key=\"lva2\">Paul’s lawyer, Tony Naro, told the Tracker in an emailed statement that he could not make public statements about pending matters but denied any wrongdoing by Paul. Naro also said Paul arrived at the police station after making arrangements to turn herself in for processing before being released.</p><p data-block-key=\"736m8\">“The Londonderry Times does their absolute best to put out a quality publication with limited staff and a limited budget. Ms. Paul acted with no criminal intent, denies the allegations, and is presumed innocent. It is our intention to handle this matter exclusively in the court system where it belongs and not in the press. While this matter plays out in court, we ask for the public, and the media, to keep an open mind and not prejudge this case.”</p><p data-block-key=\"clr6p\">If convicted, Paul faces a maximum penalty of one year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000 per charge. An arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2022.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": "New Hampshire Department of Justice", "arrest_status": "arrested and released", "status_of_charges": "charges pending", "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 Hampshire", "abbreviation": "NH" }, "updates": [ "(2022-10-19 13:58:00+00:00) NH publisher pleads not guilty to charges of violating political ad law" ], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [ "publishing: failure to identify political advertising" ], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Debra Paul (Londonderry Times)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Independent journalist removed from press conference with Philadelphia DA", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-removed-from-press-conference-with-philadelphia-da/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-20T20:42:21.737884Z", "last_published_at": "2022-09-20T20:42:21.737884Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-09-20T20:42:21.688386Z", "date": "2022-08-08", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Philadelphia", "longitude": -75.16379, "latitude": 39.95233, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"twjsk\">Independent reporter Ralph Cipriano says he was “stonewalled” by the Philadelphia district attorney for writing critical articles, eventually culminating in his physical removal from an Aug. 8, 2022, press conference in Pennsylvania. </p><p data-block-key=\"e7d4e\">Cipriano, a former Los Angeles Times and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who publishes the <a href=\"https://www.bigtrial.net/\">Big Trial blog</a>, told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he first started attending District Attorney Larry Krasner’s weekly press conferences in July after three years of no response from his requests for comment. Cipriano said that at every press conference, Krasner refused to take questions or call on him. </p><p data-block-key=\"6kfsq\">The district attorney’s office, which did not respond to requests for comment, holds weekly conferences to brief the media on local issues and events. </p><p data-block-key=\"6hhpd\">During an Aug. 8 press conference, the DA issued Cipriano a warning for not waiting until he was called to ask a question. </p><p data-block-key=\"7bujc\">“That is not how we proceed,” Krasner said during the media event, which was <a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/philaDAO/videos/1000278124034259\">live streamed and posted on Facebook</a>. “Anyone who cannot observe those rules can leave and can leave now or be escorted out.”</p><p data-block-key=\"5k44e\">According to Cipriano, he tried asking questions two more times and was warned by the DA a second time then asked to leave. After being escorted out of the venue, Cipriano wrote on his blog that the treatment was personal.</p><p data-block-key=\"ee4ov\">“After four years of presiding over free-for-all press conferences, the D.A. now maintains that reporters no longer have the right to speak up and ask him a question.”</p><p data-block-key=\"fu5re\">Paula Knudsen Burke, a staff attorney for the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, requested written policies and rules that govern the DA’s office interaction with the press during media events as part of a Right-to-Know Law filing. In a letter to Krasner on behalf of Cipriano, Knudsen Burke highlighted that his office could not locate any written policies or guidelines for interactions with the media.</p><p data-block-key=\"fh5ch\">“It is clear that there are no ‘rules’ or procedures governing access to press conferences held by your office,” Knudsen Burke wrote. </p><p data-block-key=\"ejn3d\">She also objected to Cipriano’s removal from the press conference as unconstitutional under the First Amendment: “Government officials cannot make media access decisions based on the content of news coverage, media organizations’ interaction with government officials, or the agency’s perception thereof.”</p><p data-block-key=\"2h254\">Cipriano continued attending the DA’s weekly press conferences and <a href=\"https://www.bigtrial.net/2022/09/arrogant-da-krasner-takes-no-blame-for.html\">reported that Krasner called on him</a> to ask a question during <a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/philaDAO/videos/607585204239961\">a Sept. 12 conference</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": "Pennsylvania", "abbreviation": "PA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [ "Philadelphia District Attorney" ], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Denial of Access" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Ralph Cipriano (Big Trial)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "WCHS reporter attacked, camera damaged while reporting on abandoned cars", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/wchs-reporter-attacked-camera-damaged-while-reporting-on-abandoned-cars/", "first_published_at": "2022-08-09T20:13:39.956929Z", "last_published_at": "2023-01-30T18:51:20.630451Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2023-01-30T18:51:20.543040Z", "date": "2022-08-04", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Putnam County", "longitude": null, "latitude": null, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"a65dl\">WCHS Eyewitness News Reporter Bob Aaron was assaulted on Aug. 4, 2022, in Putnam County, West Virginia, while reporting on the sheriff&#x27;s plan to remove abandoned cars on roads and yards.</p><p data-block-key=\"5sob3\">According to Aaron, who <a href=\"https://wchstv.com/news/local/eyewitness-news-reporter-attacked-while-covering-story-about-abandoned-cars\">reported the incident in a newscast</a>, he was nearly run over while filming the abandoned cars stationed along a main county road by a man who did not want him filming.</p><p data-block-key=\"170bf\">The reporter said the individual got out of his car and ripped the camera from his hands. Aaron, who did not respond to a request for comment from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, reported that the man broke the camera light off and refused to return the camera until Putnam County Sheriff&#x27;s deputies were called to the scene.</p><p data-block-key=\"e841b\">WCHS reported that Putnam County Sheriff Bobby Eggleton announced his intention to enforce a clean-up plan to remove the vehicles from public and private locations, adding that some had not moved for more than 20 years. Eggleton told WCHS the announcement provoked an “emotional response from residents in the county” who feared authorities would take their property. Eggleton said in a <a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/100010413790942/videos/502861114978851/\">video posted to Facebook</a> that it was not a county ordinance but in accordance with state law.</p><p data-block-key=\"cb558\">The sheriff’s office could not be reached for comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"8aej1\">In an article about the altercation, WCHS said Aaron, 75, was doing fine and that there were pending charges against the man who attacked him.</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 equipment" } ], "state": { "name": "West Virginia", "abbreviation": "WV" }, "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": [ "Bob Aaron (WCHS ABC 8 News)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Music journalist subpoenaed in criminal trial of singer R. Kelly", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/music-journalist-subpoenaed-in-criminal-trial-of-singer-r-kelly/", "first_published_at": "2022-09-16T18:03:53.785604Z", "last_published_at": "2022-09-16T18:03:53.785604Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-09-16T18:03:53.699644Z", "date": "2022-08-03", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Chicago", "longitude": -87.65005, "latitude": 41.85003, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"v03q1\">Journalist Jim DeRogatis was issued a subpoena for testimony in the federal trial of R&amp;B singer Robert “R.” Kelly in Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 3, 2022. The judge quashed the subpoena on Sept. 7.</p><p data-block-key=\"e1b46\">DeRogatis — a reporter, music critic, author and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago — has reported extensively on Kelly for The Chicago Sun-Times and The New Yorker, and in 2019 he authored the book “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly.”</p><p data-block-key=\"2kfe6\">DeRogatis told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that an individual delivered an unmarked videocassette with footage of Kelly and a 14-year-old girl to his home in February 2002. DeRogatis said that within four hours of receiving the footage, he and the editorial staff at the Sun-Times turned it over to police and it was subsequently used as evidence in Kelly’s state criminal trial in 2008.</p><p data-block-key=\"71rno\">The judge in the case compelled DeRogatis to testify during that first trial, but upon advice from counsel DeRogatis refused to answer any questions, reading instead a statement citing his Fifth and First Amendment rights.</p><p data-block-key=\"177ah\">DeRogatis told the Tracker that following the first trial, he was aware that he might again be called to testify in the federal case. In 2022, attorneys for Derrel McDavid — Kelly’s former business manager and co-defendant in the case — issued DeRogatis the subpoena, ordering him to appear to provide trial testimony on Sept. 6.</p><p data-block-key=\"44hse\">In court filings reviewed by the Tracker, McDavid’s attorney’s cited interest in April 2019 emails between DeRogatis and Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull, the former lead prosecutor on the case.</p><p data-block-key=\"atad5\">DeRogatis told the Tracker he was on assignment for The New Yorker when he contacted Krull about the two federal investigations and in the course of the conversation had offered to send her a copy of his then-forthcoming book. Krull then emailed him from a non-governmental email address and he sent along a PDF of his book. DeRogatis said he never heard back from her and has not communicated with Krull since.</p><p data-block-key=\"16ia3\">DeRogatis and The New Yorker jointly filed <a href=\"https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/r-kelly-Jim-DeRogatis-quash-subpoena.pdf\">an emergency motion</a> to quash the subpoena or issue a protective order on Sept. 6. The motion argued that all of the information or knowledge that DeRogatis may have that would be pertinent to the case had been published in his reporting.</p><p data-block-key=\"2ssuo\">During a hearing on Sept. 7, attorneys for McDavid told District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber that they wanted to show DeRogatis the cassette and ask him to confirm whether it was the same one he had received in 2002, according to DeRogatis. The prosecutors, who had not previously expressed an interest in questioning DeRogatis, told the judge they also hoped to ask the journalist to confirm the timeline of his reporting while at the Sun-Times.</p><p data-block-key=\"djq1e\">Seth Stern, the attorney representing DeRogatis at the hearing, confirmed to the Tracker that Leinenweber granted the motion to quash the subpoena that day. Stern said that the judge agreed that the testimony they were seeking was “cumulative, redundant, unnecessary.”</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">A good day for the First Amendment. And anything I could possibly have been asked I’ve already reported. <a href=\"https://t.co/lwQeOcFL0w\">pic.twitter.com/lwQeOcFL0w</a></p>&mdash; Jim DeRogatis (@JimDeRogatis) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis/status/1567531927455801344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 7, 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=\"v03q1\">“I would have sat on the stand and read my whole book if they had 10 or 15 hours,” DeRogatis said. “In 22 years of reporting on this case, I have not had a single correction, clarification, retraction or lawsuit. My reporting stands. I’m proud of that work.”</p><p data-block-key=\"5mu9c\">Stern said that while he was gratified with the outcome in this case, the subpoena itself can set a precedent that may chill future reporting.</p><p data-block-key=\"b57mk\">“Absent a federal shield law, there’s really no certainty that a reporter getting a subpoena like this can have regarding whether they’ll need to testify or not,” Stern said. “Fortunately, in this case the judge made the right call, but you never know what’s going to happen in the next one.”</p><p data-block-key=\"621qa\">Kelly was convicted on three counts of child pornography and three counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts on Sept. 14, CNN <a href=\"https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/14/us/r-kelly-chicago-federal-trial/index.html\">reported</a>. He was <a href=\"https://www.npr.org/2022/06/29/1105551227/r-kelly-sentence-30-years\">sentenced to 30 years</a> in prison in June on racketeering charges in a second federal trial in New York. McDavid and Kelly’s second co-defendant, Milton Brown, were acquitted of all charges.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/DeRogatis.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"6mlx8\">A portion of the subpoena issued to music journalist James (Jim) DeRogatis seeking trial testimony in the federal case against singer R. Kelly. The subpoena was quashed on Sept. 7, 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": "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": "Illinois", "abbreviation": "IL" }, "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": [ "Jim DeRogatis (The New Yorker)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "quashed" ] }, { "title": "FOX 8 photojournalist attacked while reporting on NC dog kennel violations", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/fox-8-photojournalist-attacked-while-reporting-on-nc-dog-kennel-violations/", "first_published_at": "2022-08-03T15:05:00.417304Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-03T15:05:00.417304Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-03T15:05:00.338034Z", "date": "2022-07-28", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Thomasville", "longitude": -80.08199, "latitude": 35.88264, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"2k497\">FOX8 photojournalist Derrick Deon Reid was assaulted by two men on July 28, 2022, while reporting on animal mistreatment claims at a dog boarding facility in Davidson County, North Carolina, according to news reports.</p><p data-block-key=\"f726f\">Reid, who was not identified by <a href=\"https://myfox8.com/news/north-carolina/piedmont-triad/2-men-accused-of-assaulting-fox8-photojournalist-covering-animal-mistreatment-in-davidson-county/\">FOX8 in a report about the assault</a>, was later identified by the Winston-Salem Journal. According to FOX8, Reid was gathering footage on an animal boarding facility previously fined for violating the state’s Animal Protection Act when Marshall Everhart and Zachary Everhart, one of the facility&#x27;s owners, attacked him. </p><p data-block-key=\"aj2ad\">According to an <a href=\"https://journalnow.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/sheriff-fox-8-journalist-attacked-while-covering-story-about-kennel-fined-for-animal-mistreatment-in/article_fce41f12-0f53-11ed-8ae5-570f574356f3.html\">arrest warrant obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal</a>, Reid sustained broken or loosened teeth and possibly a broken jaw. The warrant also accuses Marshall Everhart of holding Reid against his will and damaging his camera equipment after trying to take the camera from him. Official documents state that he also damaged Reid’s vehicle, causing more than $200 in damage. </p><p data-block-key=\"25dfo\">The Davidson County Sheriff’s Department, which did not respond to a request for comment from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, arrested Marshall Everhart after the incident, while Zachary Everhart turned himself in to the sheriff’s office. Officials charged both men with felony larceny, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, kidnapping and injury to personal property. </p><p data-block-key=\"5iqdj\">FOX8 did not respond to requests for comment from the Tracker. In a statement to the Winston-Salem Journal, FOX8 Vice President and General Manager Jim Himes declined to comment on Reid’s condition, citing federal privacy laws.</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": "vehicle" } ], "state": { "name": "North Carolina", "abbreviation": "NC" }, "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": [ "Derrick Deon Reid (WGHP FOX8 )" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Photojournalist assaulted while reporting at Portland park", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-assaulted-while-reporting-at-portland-park/", "first_published_at": "2022-08-01T20:02:20.219023Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-01T20:02:20.219023Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-01T20:02:20.165760Z", "date": "2022-07-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Portland", "longitude": -122.67621, "latitude": 45.52345, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"pw84u\">An unidentified photojournalist with KGW News was assaulted while on assignment in Lents Park in Portland, Oregon, on July 25, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"a18se\">The station <a href=\"https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/kgw-journalist-assaulted-southeast-portland-lents-park/283-7db135bd-e122-45b1-aa33-6d901545773d\">reported</a> that the photographer was covering an community outreach event hosted by the group PDX Saints Love, which was providing a cooling station and water from July 25 to 29 amid a heatwave in the region.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Right now <a href=\"https://twitter.com/pdxsaintslove?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@pdxsaintslove</a> and Portland Street Response are at Lents Park in SE Portland until 7pm. The plan is to hand out water/electrolytes/food and provide a cool spot every day this week from 11am-7pm. Organizers say they need more volunteers and always welcome ice donations. <a href=\"https://t.co/C39pUVVKvy\">pic.twitter.com/C39pUVVKvy</a></p>&mdash; Christine Pitawanich (@CPitawanichKGW) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/CPitawanichKGW/status/1551636293368524800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 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=\"pw84u\">According to the station, the photojournalist was finishing filming and was holding his camera by his side when one of the individuals attending the event became agitated and charged at him. The man jumped over a picnic table and chased the photojournalist toward his station vehicle, punching him before he was able to get into the car.</p><p data-block-key=\"2j4pn\">Though the photojournalist was able to enter the vehicle, KGW reported that the man opened the door before the journalist could lock it and punched him again. The event organizers then told the man to leave and he walked away.</p><p data-block-key=\"1s7nl\">The station reported that the unidentified photojournalist suffered several cuts and a bruised eye and received treatment by medics at the scene.</p><p data-block-key=\"940sf\">A second KGW journalist at the scene, not named in the report, called 911 and told officers which direction the suspect had fled. Portland Police Bureau officers found the man nearby a short while later and placed him under arrest. Joshua David Searswas arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault, which is punishable by a fine of up to $6,250, a year in jail or both.</p><p data-block-key=\"5ul4t\">In a statement to the outlet, KGW News Director Greg Retsinas said: “We are distressed at this unprovoked act of violence against our employees who were working to tell a positive story in the community. Thankfully, community members at the scene stepped in right away to assist and prevent more serious injury.”</p><p data-block-key=\"8ju6l\">Neither Retsinas or KGW reporter Christine Pitawanich, who tweeted about the event, 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": "private individual", "was_journalist_targeted": "yes", "charged_under_espionage_act": false, "subpoena_type": null, "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": null, "status_of_prior_restraint": null, "links": [], "equipment_seized": [], "equipment_broken": [], "state": { "name": "Oregon", "abbreviation": "OR" }, "updates": [], "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": [ "Unidentified photojournalist 25 (KGW News)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Subpoena for CNN footage quashed in criminal case against Capitol rioter", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/subpoena-for-cnn-footage-quashed-in-criminal-case-against-capitol-rioter/", "first_published_at": "2022-08-16T18:45:23.885706Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-16T18:45:23.885706Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-16T18:45:23.746635Z", "date": "2022-07-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Washington", "longitude": -77.03637, "latitude": 38.89511, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"bqpit\">CNN was served a criminal trial subpoena on July 25, 2022, by a defendant facing charges stemming from his alleged participation in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The subpoena, which sought approximately two hours of raw footage from an interview with a Capitol Police officer, was subsequently quashed.</p><p data-block-key=\"etrol\">According to court filings reviewed by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, defendant Kyle Fitzsimons is facing an 11-count indictment and is accused of having attacked multiple law enforcement officers near the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace.</p><p data-block-key=\"1io7g\">CNN broadcasted an interview with two Capitol Police officers on June 4, one of whom is believed to have been assaulted by Fitzsimons. The subpoena — which was issued on July 20, 2022, and served five days later — requests “any and all raw footage” from the officer’s interview.</p><p data-block-key=\"4v2ap\">According to CNN’s <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.228113/gov.uscourts.dcd.228113.83.0_3.pdf\">motion to quash</a> the subpoena, the officer does not mention Fitzsimons by name and Fitzsimons does not appear in any of the footage.</p><p data-block-key=\"39cbd\">CNN attempted to narrow the request for only the telecast footage but Fitzsimons’ counsel declined. The outlet did not respond to requests for comment as of press time.</p><p data-block-key=\"bf59m\">The outlet’s Aug. 10 motion to quash argued that the subpoena was a “fishing expedition,” and that Fitzsimons has no reason to believe that the outtakes from the interview will help his defense when the alleged acts were captured by Capitol surveillance cameras and the officers’ body cams.</p><p data-block-key=\"3rjb4\">“Allowing speculative discovery of the press here, on the basis that an unsworn statement in unpublished newsgathering information might theoretically become useful to the defense for purposes of impeachment, would expose a host of media organizations to similar speculative subpoenas in similar January 6 prosecutions,” the motion stated. “That would undeniably chill news reporting about this topic of clear national importance — the ‘violent breach of the Capitol’ that ‘was a grave danger to our democracy.’”</p><p data-block-key=\"2aldl\">District Judge Rudolph Contreras <a href=\"https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.228113/gov.uscourts.dcd.228113.91.0_1.pdf\">ruled</a> in favor of CNN on Aug. 14, finding that while Fitzsimons was able to specifically name the material sought, he failed to justify the request with more than hopes of what might be found in the outtakes.</p><p data-block-key=\"ebcou\">Fitzsimons’ trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 16.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/CNN_Fitzsimons_subpoena.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"aimj0\">A portion of the subpoena issued to CNN seeking approximately two hours of raw footage from an interview with a Capitol Police officer in connection with the criminal trial of a Capitol rioter.</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": "District of Columbia", "abbreviation": "DC" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "CNN" ], "tags": [ "election", "Election 2020" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [ "quashed" ] }, { "title": "Journalist struck by man on scooter at L.A. County protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-struck-by-man-on-scooter-at-la-county-protest/", "first_published_at": "2022-11-01T17:39:33.781564Z", "last_published_at": "2022-11-01T17:39:33.781564Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-11-01T17:39:33.708016Z", "date": "2022-07-18", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Norwalk", "longitude": -118.08173, "latitude": 33.90224, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"gfd0k\">Freelance journalist Vishal Singh was struck by a man riding an electric scooter on July 18, 2022, while covering a protest against a proposal for a school-based reproductive clinic in Norwalk, California. </p><p data-block-key=\"7i9qs\">A video posted on Twitter and shared with the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker shows a man on a scooter driving past protesters before doubling back back to hit Singh, who was documenting the protest from the street. The collision resulted in Singh dropping his phone as he fell to the ground.</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/CatalinaOffcl?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@CatalinaOffcl</a> <a href=\"https://twitter.com/SpecNews1SoCal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@SpecNews1SoCal</a> <a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/LEXIT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#LEXIT</a> helped organize this protest against the Norwalk School Board. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/VPS_Reports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@VPS_Reports</a> was struck by a man on a scooter who drove past protesters then turned back to hit him. <a href=\"https://t.co/k7rRjt0ChU\">pic.twitter.com/k7rRjt0ChU</a></p>&mdash; Sky Spider (@SkySpider_) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/SkySpider_/status/1583569590709235712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">October 21, 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=\"gfd0k\">Singh told the Tracker he was covering the protest as a contributor to the <a href=\"https://leftcoastrightwatch.org/\">Left Coast Right Watch</a>, an independent news organization covering far-right politics in the U.S. Singh said he was wearing visible press credentials from the National Press Photographers Association. </p><p data-block-key=\"1sc2a\">According to Singh, conservative values organization LEXIT was among the organizers of the demonstration after a school board agenda item <a href=\"https://go.boarddocs.com/ca/nlmusd/Board.nsf/goto?open&amp;id=CG9P7W634CF5\">proposed</a> adding a reproductive health clinic to a high school in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. The district <a href=\"https://leftcoastrightwatch.org/articles/l.a.-county-high-school-clinic-project-canceled-after-far-right-disinfo-intimidation-campaign/\">dropped the proposal</a> after protests. </p><p data-block-key=\"cq15a\">Before he was struck by the scooter, Singh said he was harassed by protesters and threatened by <a href=\"https://twitter.com/VPS_Reports/status/1549232508155244544?t=6bLwJ2X_nhbYu2UHHQhkMA&amp;s=19\">members</a> of extremist groups. Given the chaos of the day, Singh said he initially believed the scooter incident was unintentional until he reviewed the footage several months later. </p><p data-block-key=\"6e50d\">“I saw that video, and I very much had a different feeling about what had happened,” Singh said. </p><p data-block-key=\"bd3bg\">After the incident, Singh said he was dizzy, suffered a migraine and a possible concussion. His phone was undamaged. </p><p data-block-key=\"2unah\">Singh told the Tracker he hasn’t covered any protests since the incident, adding it was a “turning point,” for him. </p><p data-block-key=\"bma28\">“It’s really frustrating and it hurts,” he said. “And the reason I still do it is because I think these stories need to be told. I want people to know what’s happening.”</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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "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": [ "Vishal Singh (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Photojournalist assaulted while on assignment in downtown Baltimore", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-assaulted-while-on-assignment-in-downtown-baltimore/", "first_published_at": "2022-07-21T18:05:29.921226Z", "last_published_at": "2022-07-21T18:05:29.921226Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-07-21T18:05:29.867795Z", "date": "2022-07-15", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Baltimore", "longitude": -76.61219, "latitude": 39.29038, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"c4n10\">Kyle Dodd, a photojournalist with FOX45 News, was assaulted while on assignment with a colleague near downtown Baltimore, Maryland, on July 15, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"b6rbh\">The outlet <a href=\"https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/squeegee-kid-assaults-fox45-news-photojournalist\">reported</a> that Dodd and reporter Mikenzie Frost were working on a <a href=\"https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/squeegee-kid-if-mayors-office-wanted-to-get-us-off-the-corner-give-us-a-weekly-check\">story</a> about “squeegee kids” — youths who wash car windows at traffic lights in exchange for money — and Mayor Brandon Scott’s efforts to help get them into stable jobs.</p><p data-block-key=\"a84hn\">Dodd told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he had visited the intersection of President and Lombard streets the week prior to scope out the location. While most of the squeegee kids left when they noticed Dodd and his camera, he said one of the young men approached him and questioned why he was there. Dodd said he explained that he was a journalist and that he has the right to film in public locations.</p><p data-block-key=\"73qg9\">Dodd said that on July 15 he set up his camera at the intersection to film additional b-roll while Frost conducted a Zoom interview in their vehicle before attempting to interview the squeegee kids.</p><p data-block-key=\"24ktb\">“I set up probably about 100 feet away and started to get some shots of them, and as soon as they noticed me, the group of about a dozen of them decided to leave that intersection and go across the street,” Dodd said. “Then four of them broke off from that and started to approach me.”</p><p data-block-key=\"ck0qs\">Dodd said he set up a wide shot on his camera to ensure that if anything happened it would be caught on camera and then walked up to them in order to keep them away from the gear while explaining who he was and what he was doing.</p><p data-block-key=\"6qs81\">In footage of the incident, the four young men can be seen walking toward the camera with Dodd in the center of the frame. The first of the squeegee kids to reach the camera — whom Dodd identified as the young man he had spoken to the week prior — appears to gesture at the equipment before saying, “This is ours bro, I ain’t gonna lie.”</p><p data-block-key=\"a8qgu\">Dodd said he picked up the equipment and tried to explain why he was filming, but his responses seemed to only escalate the situation as the young men told him that they did not want to be recorded. He was about to offer to leave the area when Dodd said one of the squeegee boys doused what he believes was a cold, sugary beverage on him and the camera.</p><p data-block-key=\"34ji\">“At that point, they think that they’ve sent their message,” Dodd said, “and then one of them, as they start to walk away, says, ‘Public space or not, stop playing or we’ll beat the shit out of you.’”</p><p data-block-key=\"2uo1q\">The photojournalist said the camera wasn’t damaged, needing only to be dried off in the car after the incident. Dodd added that he did not file a police report because at the time it didn’t seem serious, but after reflecting on it he realized how much worse it could have been.</p><p data-block-key=\"8nt2d\">“I really didn’t even see this guy even pull out a water bottle and throw it on me or anything,” Dodd said. “It could have been a rock, it could have been a gun, it could have been a lot worse. But at the time I really just wanted to get my job done, get the day done.”</p><p data-block-key=\"43tga\">Dodd said he and Frost agreed to leave the area and try reporting on a group of squeegee kids at a different intersection, where they were able to complete their piece.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Dodd.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"n09jj\">FOX45 News photojournalist Kyle Dodd, center, walks surrounded by “squeegee kids” upset with being filmed by the Baltimore news crew on July 15, 2022. One of the young men ultimately assaulted Dodd, dousing him with a liquid.</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": "Maryland", "abbreviation": "MD" }, "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": [ "Kyle Dodd (WBFF Fox 45)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Podcast host subpoenaed a second time for testimony in murder case", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/podcast-host-subpoenaed-a-second-time-for-testimony-in-murder-case/", "first_published_at": "2022-07-13T18:55:08.251135Z", "last_published_at": "2022-07-21T23:29:26.639455Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-07-21T23:29:26.582217Z", "date": "2022-07-10", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Salinas", "longitude": -121.6555, "latitude": 36.67774, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"euxs4\">Freelance reporter and podcast host Chris Lambert was issued a second subpoena ordering him to testify during hearings around the 1996 disappearance and murder of a California Polytechnic State University student.</p><p data-block-key=\"b4ojl\">Lambert’s 2019 podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” chronicled his independent investigation of the murder of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart. In the span of 10 episodes, he interviewed new witnesses whom law enforcement<a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/us-news-arrests-california-san-luis-obispo-9709acd23a734638d88e65013c0705ad\"> officers had cited as “valuable”</a> in their decision to arrest Paul Flores and his father, Ruben Flores, two longtime suspects in the case.</p><p data-block-key=\"ffdtk\">Attorneys for Paul Flores issued a subpoena to Lambert seeking testimony and reporting materials in August 2021, which San Luis Obispo County Superior Judge Craig van Rooyen dismissed, citing California’s journalist shield law. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker documented that case <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/subpoena-for-podcast-host-testimony-in-murder-case-quashed/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"7lkl3\">The San Luis Obispo Tribune <a href=\"https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/crime/article263377093.html\">reported</a> that the case was moved to Monterey County Superior Court after van Rooyen ruled that pretrial publicity had made it unlikely that the defendants would receive a fair trial in the county.</p><p data-block-key=\"73def\">On July 10, 2022, Lambert tweeted a photo of a section of the subpoena, which shows that he was ordered both to appear to testify at a hearing as well as provide “items” listed in an attachment. While he did not specify what the items were, the first subpoena demanded confidential interview recordings, emails and notes gathered in the course of producing the podcast.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"zxx\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https://t.co/8APhMy6P4s\">pic.twitter.com/8APhMy6P4s</a></p>&mdash; Your Own Backyard Podcast (@YOBPodcast) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/YOBPodcast/status/1546216558040457216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">July 10, 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=\"euxs4\">Lambert, who could not immediately be reached for comment, told The Tribune his attorney’s advised him against speaking further about the subpoena or providing additional details because of the gag order placed on the case.</p><p data-block-key=\"bie8j\">According to The Tribune, opening arguments in the case are scheduled for July 18.</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": "testimony about confidential source", "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": [ "(2022-07-15 19:24:00+00:00) Second subpoena for podcast host testimony, documents quashed" ], "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": [ "Chris Lambert (Freelance)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "quashed" ] }, { "title": "AJC subpoenaed as part of criminal investigation into 2020 presidential election", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/ajc-subpoenaed-as-part-of-criminal-investigation-into-2020-presidential-election/", "first_published_at": "2022-07-12T17:24:50.095386Z", "last_published_at": "2022-09-12T15:45:23.111131Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-09-12T15:45:22.980877Z", "date": "2022-07-05", "exact_date_unknown": true, "city": "Atlanta", "longitude": -84.38798, "latitude": 33.749, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"m8skq\">The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was <a href=\"https://www.ajc.com/politics/ajc-subpoenaed-by-fulton-prosecutors-for-audio-of-leaked-call/VWJWL6KXZFANZL6JWT5KGS7WEY/\">subpoenaed</a> in July 2022 by a Fulton County special grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s possible interference in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results.</p><p data-block-key=\"di1v8\">The grand jury conducting the criminal investigation into Trump’s potential involvement is seeking audio recordings of a Jan. 11, 2021, phone call involving the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Bobby Christine.</p><p data-block-key=\"4eq8h\">According to the AJC, Christine was appointed to the role by Trump on Jan. 4, after his predecessor could not find legitimate claims of election fraud. On Jan. 12, 2021, <a href=\"https://www.ajc.com/news/trumps-pick-for-us-attorney-in-georgia-dismisses-election-fraud-claims-theres-just-nothing-to-them/7JMIL37WANHWXCZD4FTJXH4CIQ/\">AJC reported</a> on the leaked conference call between Christine and staffers. During the call, Christine said he had dismissed two election fraud cases filed by Trump’s supporters on his first day as a U.S. Attorney.</p><p data-block-key=\"a4rnc\">Prosecutors also <a href=\"https://www.ajc.com/politics/fulton-grand-jury-subpoenas-giuliani-graham-trump-confidantes/POUNSTTUXZDGDB3D5LKA7TIQQM/\">issued subpoenas</a> to Trump associates including U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.</p><p data-block-key=\"67nbp\">When reached for comment, an AJC editor said the outlet would be publishing a statement on the subpoena. Fulton County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to requests for comment.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/RTXKYJZ7.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"paoh5\">The Fulton County Elections and Administrative Divisions Office in Atlanta in 2021. County prosecutors investigating the 2020 presidential election subpoenaed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.</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": "Georgia", "abbreviation": "GA" }, "updates": [ "(2022-07-14 12:10:00+00:00) AJC publishes, then provides copy of leaked recording to prosecutors in response to subpoena" ], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [ "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" ], "tags": [ "election", "Election 2020" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [], "subpoena_statuses": [ "carried out" ] }, { "title": "Journalist subpoenaed to testify in grand jury hearing on Georgia election interference", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-subpoenaed-to-testify-in-grand-jury-hearing-on-georgia-election-interference/", "first_published_at": "2022-08-11T21:42:46.054717Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-11T21:42:46.054717Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-11T21:42:45.963581Z", "date": "2022-07-01", "exact_date_unknown": true, "city": "Atlanta", "longitude": -84.38798, "latitude": 33.749, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"i78ci\">Independent journalist George Chidi was subpoenaed in July 2022 to testify before a grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia, investigating possible 2020 election interference by former President Donald Trump and his allies.</p><p data-block-key=\"976gq\">Chidi, a former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution whose work has appeared in The Intercept and the Atlanta hyperlocal news site Decaturish, publishes an award-winning newsletter called <a href=\"https://theatlantaobjective.substack.com/\">The Atlanta Objective</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"bkva4\">In <a href=\"https://theatlantaobjective.substack.com/p/bearing-witness\">his June 29 newsletter</a>, Chidi wrote that he was covering the Dec. 14, 2020, meeting of electors at the Georgia Capitol to cast their official votes for Joe Biden when he observed a Republican elector entering a side room.</p><p data-block-key=\"d3hhf\">“I looked around for [a] minute, asking other reporters what’s going on in there, then I launched a Facebook live and walked in,” Chidi wrote. “I asked the people there what they were doing. One of them, a woman, said they were having a meeting. What’s it about, I asked? ‘Education,’ she replied.”</p><p data-block-key=\"2r3p6\">When someone noted that he was filming, someone else quickly ushered him out of the room, Chidi wrote. After that, someone stood guarding the door.</p><p data-block-key=\"aia1m\">Chidi wrote that he was immediately suspicious and believed 16 Republican electors were working to submit fabricated election results certifying the state’s electoral college votes for Trump despite Biden’s victory in Georgia, <a href=\"https://www.facebook.com/gchidi/posts/pfbid03878QJ4b9gPELdyrWNVgYNbunKa5ZV1BsqAd19xVzxNKeipqtfakwbzQDHeddWonql\">posting his suspicions</a> on Facebook.</p><p data-block-key=\"4nblp\">A special grand jury began meeting in Fulton County in June 2022 to investigate the alleged election interference, <a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/07/19/georgia-fake-electors/\">according to The Washington Post</a>, and it has identified more than 100 people of interest to date.</p><p data-block-key=\"fk0hj\">According to Chidi’s newsletter, an investigator for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office contacted him on June 27 to ask whether he’d be willing to testify before the grand jury. Chidi did not indicate his response.</p><p data-block-key=\"eebnf\">Chidi was ultimately issued a subpoena which he unsuccessfully fought in court, <a href=\"https://saportareport.com/fulton-das-call-for-journalists-to-testify-in-trump-investigation-raises-legal-ethical-dilemmas/columnists/johnruch/\">according to the Saporta Report</a>. However, the journalist was able to limit the scope of the questions to exclude any unrelated reporting.</p><p data-block-key=\"4ej8n\">“Journalists cannot act as agents of the government. Georgia has a longstanding tradition and legal precedent providing for ‘reporter’s privilege’ to prevent journalists from being used as a witness in a case,” Chidi wrote in his newsletter. “The thing is, the reporter’s privilege bends under extraordinary circumstances. And, honestly, how much more extraordinary does it get than a case that might send Donald Trump to prison.”</p><p data-block-key=\"8gpe\">The Atlanta Journal-Constitution <a href=\"https://www.ajc.com/politics/trump-probe-fulton-grand-jury-prepares-to-hear-testimony/GUO25T7L7ZESLAST2HELETHYPI/\">reported</a> that prosecutors notified the newspaper to expect a subpoena for the testimony of reporter Greg Bluestein, who was also present at the December 2020 meeting and who reported extensively about the election and its fallout. The outlet said it will file a motion to quash any subpoena issued to one of its journalists. As of publication, it is unclear if a subpoena has been issued to Bluestein.</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": "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": "Georgia", "abbreviation": "GA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "election", "Election 2020" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "George Chidi (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "carried out" ] }, { "title": "Newspaper editor compelled to reveal confidential sources in defamation lawsuit", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/newspaper-editor-compelled-to-reveal-confidential-sources-in-defamation-lawsuit/", "first_published_at": "2022-07-21T19:43:16.105209Z", "last_published_at": "2022-07-21T19:43:16.105209Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-07-21T19:43:16.061880Z", "date": "2022-06-30", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Woburn", "longitude": -71.15228, "latitude": 42.47926, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"hycl0\">A judge ordered the editor of the Everett Leader Herald to release names of confidential sources and unpublished reporting materials on June 30, 2022, as part of a defamation case filed by the mayor of Everett, Massachusetts. </p><p data-block-key=\"19r0m\">According to <a href=\"https://www.universalhub.com/2022/everett-newspaper-give-names-confidential-sources\">UniversalHub</a>, a news and information site for the Boston area, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria sued Joshua Resnek on Oct. 7, 2021, claiming Resnek published “defamatory falsehoods” in three separate articles in the weeks leading up to the mayoral primary. </p><p data-block-key=\"ckttc\">The official complaint states that Resnek published an article on Sept. 8, claiming that DeMaria had “extorted the City Clerk into paying him $96,000” as part of a real estate transaction. DeMaria, who did not respond to a request for comment by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, is also suing the city clerk, who was a source for the article, and the publishers of the Leader.</p><p data-block-key=\"fqqee\">In his <a href=\"https://www.universalhub.com/images/2022/demaria-ruling.pdf\">ruling</a>, Superior Court Associate Justice James Budreau wrote that the First Amendment did not allow the defendant in a libel case to refuse to identify sources on the grounds of reporter’s privilege, but that some protection was provided. The court would “weigh the relevant public interests for each source to determine whether their identities need to be revealed.”</p><p data-block-key=\"41j3a\">Budreau granted a partial motion to compel Resnek to reveal the identities of 10 out of 12 sources.</p><p data-block-key=\"62bb5\">After the ruling, Resnek, who did not respond to a request for comment, agreed to reveal the names and contact information of confidential sources, unpublished notes and emails and will not object to any depositions of sources.</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": "testimony about confidential source", "held_in_contempt": null, "detention_status": null, "third_party_in_possession_of_communications": null, "third_party_business": null, "legal_order_type": "other", "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 Resnek (Everett Leader Herald)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "upheld" ] }, { "title": "Documentarian subpoenaed in Georgia election fraud investigation", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/documentarian-subpoenaed-in-georgia-election-fraud-investigation/", "first_published_at": "2022-12-12T16:11:23.883245Z", "last_published_at": "2022-12-12T16:11:23.883245Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-12-12T16:11:23.821860Z", "date": "2022-06-28", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Atlanta", "longitude": -84.38798, "latitude": 33.749, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"e3xkc\">Alex Holder, a documentary filmmaker, complied with a subpoena issued on June 28, 2022, by the District Attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, as part of an investigation into election fraud during the 2020 presidential election. </p><p data-block-key=\"475fm\">CNN <a href=\"https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/28/politics/trump-documentary-filmmaker-fulton-county/index.html\">reported that the subpoena</a> was issued as part of a special grand jury investigation into Trump’s alleged interference in attempts to overturn the state’s election results. </p><p data-block-key=\"2b5vd\">According to a <a href=\"https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000181-abf6-d618-a99d-ebf73a1a0000\">copy of the subpoena</a> obtained by Politico, investigators demanded testimony and all video footage and other materials related to Holder’s documentary, “Unprecedented,” which followed the-President Donald Trump during his 2020 reelection campaign. Holder, who was filming in Georgia for the film, confirmed he complied with the order <a href=\"https://www.yahoo.com/video/jan-6-filmmaker-says-cooperating-004808929.html?guccounter=1&amp;guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90cnV0aG91dC5vcmcv&amp;guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAELvtP_NRUcpxaaDTQ1hYqXg_jVbSEcXUI7KegEbX6hl2XwC5Cok4f_6KyiqEm33FplYjEKh5JURvN6Qq3rwSLpedTaaTN-3r82G0Lu7JSXT6ztwzgigLHWtc5fmnQl3uz2WRAcKMMV57GiXEzyyE4sOwpqkzGF2RJxQvfXPNPsP\">during an interview with MSNBC</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"alp6\">Holder previously complied with a <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/documentarian-subpoenaed-by-house-committee-investigating-jan-6-riot/\">June 2022 subpoena</a> from the House committee investigating the Capitol riots. In December, a spokesperson for Holder <a href=\"https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/3757857-doj-subpoenas-filmmaker-for-jan-6-footage/\">told The Hill</a> he would cooperate with another <a href=\"/all-incidents/documentary-filmmaker-subpoenaed-again-in-doj-capitol-riots-investigation/\">subpoena issued by the Department of Justice</a> for materials and testimony related to the Jan. 6 attack. </p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Screen_Shot_2022-12-12_at_10.38.1.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"wq8x6\">A portion of the subpoena issued to filmmaker Alex Holder on June 28, 2022, by Georgia prosecutors seeking testimony and footage gathered for his documentary “Unprecedented.&quot; (SCREENSHOT)</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": "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": "Georgia", "abbreviation": "GA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "Election 2020" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Subpoena/Legal Order" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Alex Holder (AJH Media Group)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [ "carried out" ] }, { "title": "Photographer documenting reproductive rights protests detained at Arizona Capitol", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photographer-detained-at-arizona-capitol-while-documenting-reproductive-rights-protests/", "first_published_at": "2022-07-05T20:45:49.442183Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:59.230713Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:59.178652Z", "date": "2022-06-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Phoenix", "longitude": -112.07404, "latitude": 33.44838, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"mkaya\">Photographer Michael &quot;Mike&quot; Gonzalez was detained by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers while documenting reproductive rights protests at the capitol building in Phoenix on June 25, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"cn22p\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s<a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\"> controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy. The Republic <a href=\"https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2022/06/26/abortion-rights-protesters-pull-down-arizona-capitol-fence-4-arrested/7741963001/\">reported</a> that protesters in Phoenix gathered at the Arizona Capitol complex, pounding on the doors and windows of the Senate building while the legislature was in session.</p><p data-block-key=\"7p78f\">Troopers set up temporary fences around the perimeter of the Capitol the following morning, according to The Republic.</p><p data-block-key=\"dncrr\">Gonzalez, who documents for LLN Arizona, part of a <a href=\"https://lln.live/\">newsgathering collective</a>, told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he and his colleague Jack Sorgi arrived to document as hundreds gathered for demonstrations at the complex that day until most dispersed shortly before 11 p.m.</p><p data-block-key=\"a3k3u\">“There was a crowd that decided to stay — I’d say anywhere between 40 to 70 people,” Gonzalez said. “At some point, there was a group of 5 to 10 people who kept on touching the fence, grabbing the fence, checking its integrity to see how much it would take to pull it down.”</p><p data-block-key=\"9tqvr\">Gonzalez told the Tracker that immediately after some of the individuals pulled down a section of the fence, DPS troopers announced that it was an unlawful assembly and ordered everyone to disperse.</p><p data-block-key=\"9hjco\">“At that same time, DPS from every corner — from inside the building, outside the building, from the street side — stormed in with police cars and riot gear,” Gonzalez said.</p><p data-block-key=\"2d8ai\">Gonzalez said the troopers shouted for everyone to get on the ground, so he knelt on one knee while holding his press pass in front of him and identifying himself as press. In addition to his press badge, Gonzalez said he was wearing a shirt printed with Loud Labs News and was carrying a professional camera.</p><p data-block-key=\"fgoq9\">“A trooper basically storms in, yells at me to get all the way down and basically stands overtop of me as I laid there,” Gonzalez said. He added that he put his camera down in the grass and tried to angle it toward the other journalists who were being detained.</p><p data-block-key=\"dhtvf\">Sorgi and at least one other journalist, Arizona Republic photojournalist Alberto Mariani, were also ordered to the ground by state troopers that night. The Tracker has documented those incidents <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-25&amp;date_upper=2022-06-25&amp;city=Phoenix&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"5obna\">After a few minutes, Gonzalez was told he could get up and that all members of the press should cross the street and stay out of the troopers’ way.</p><p data-block-key=\"6ivef\">“My number one priority after my initial detainment was to figure out where Jack was and make sure he was good and that he didn’t actually get fully detained and put in handcuffs,” Gonzalez said. Once he located Sorgi, Gonzalez said the pair continued documenting until the troopers had completed the arrests of multiple demonstrators.</p><p data-block-key=\"c74f0\">“We’re press photographers and we’re documenting, so a couple of our rights got broken,” Gonzalez said. “For that to happen on public property is kind of a scary thing to think about. If you go on state property or into a state building, you’re supposed to feel protected or safe and I didn’t.”</p><p data-block-key=\"5rlaa\">When reached for comment, DPS Media Relations Specialist Bart Graves provided this statement: “They were in a restricted area and once they identified themselves as news media (via credentials) they were released. Local media are well aware of the rules.”</p><p data-block-key=\"34irr\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": "Arizona Department of Public Safety", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "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": "Arizona", "abbreviation": "AZ" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Michael \"Mike\" Gonzalez (LLN Arizona)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Arizona Republic photographer detained while documenting protests", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/arizona-republic-photographer-detained-while-documenting-protests/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-29T22:14:24.470302Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:40.077675Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:40.017657Z", "date": "2022-06-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Phoenix", "longitude": -112.07404, "latitude": 33.44838, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"nzxka\">Photojournalist Alberto Mariani, a Pulliam Fellow with The Arizona Republic, was detained by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers while documenting reproductive rights protests at the capitol building in Phoenix on June 25, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"88nr4\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s<a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\"> controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy. The Republic <a href=\"https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2022/06/26/abortion-rights-protesters-pull-down-arizona-capitol-fence-4-arrested/7741963001/\">reported</a> that protesters in Phoenix gathered at the Arizona Capitol complex, pounding on the doors and windows of the Senate building while the legislature was in session.</p><p data-block-key=\"d8fv7\">Mariani told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that troopers set up temporary fences around the perimeter of the Capitol the following morning. Hundreds gathered for demonstrations at the complex that evening, Mariani said, and the protests continued peacefully until around 11 p.m. when most of the protesters dispersed.</p><p data-block-key=\"72eku\">“Around 11:30 p.m. that night, there were 50 or 60 people around and about five people started pulling down the fences,” Mariani said. “At that moment, once they tore down the fences, a group of 20 or 30 state troopers came out.”</p><p data-block-key=\"1fp2f\">The troopers announced that the assembly was unlawful and ordered everyone to disperse, but Mariani said that within 20 to 30 seconds the crowd — including him and Republic photojournalists Joel Angel Juárez and Antranik Tavitian — were surrounded.</p><p data-block-key=\"c8jdd\">“We were shouting that we were members of the press as we were holding our press badges up in the air, our cameras as well,” Mariani told the Tracker.</p><p data-block-key=\"52nh\">Mariani said he was separated from his colleagues and was standing approximately 5 to 10 feet away when a trooper approached and ordered him to get on the ground.</p><p data-block-key=\"5oml4\">“I followed the order and got on the ground on my knees,” Mariani said. “As soon as I did, that same officer pushed me to the ground and restrained me for a little bit, and I saw from the photos that he was actually trying to handcuff me.”</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Arizona Republic Pulliam Fellow <a href=\"https://twitter.com/albe_mariani?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@albe_mariani</a>, 1st photo, was also temporarily detained by Arizona State Troopers during tonight’s abortion-rights rally. He was released within minutes after <a href=\"https://twitter.com/AntranikTaviti1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@AntranikTaviti1</a>, 2nd photo, &amp; myself identified him as a member of the press. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/azcentral?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@azcentral</a> <a href=\"https://t.co/fbxXCBAqi0\">pic.twitter.com/fbxXCBAqi0</a></p>&mdash; Joel Angel Juárez (@jajuarezphoto) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/jajuarezphoto/status/1540970644694831104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"nzxka\">Mariani said the trooper “absolutely” knew he was a journalist when he ordered Mariani to the ground, and continued to restrain him for several minutes until his colleagues told another trooper that he was with The Republic.</p><p data-block-key=\"7b3di\">“It’s just evident that the officers didn’t care whether you were wearing a press badge or not,” Mariani said.</p><p data-block-key=\"c4t2k\">Jack Sorgi, a photographer with LLN Arizona, a newsgathering collective, was also detained by state troopers that night. The Tracker has documented that incident <a href=\"/all-incidents/photographer-detained-at-arizona-capitol-while-documenting-protests/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"53nig\">After he was released, Mariani and his colleagues were ordered to the other side of the road along with all other members of the press. He said they were able to continue documenting without further issue as other detainees were arrested and processed.</p><p data-block-key=\"8274c\">When reached for comment, DPS Media Relations Specialist Bart Graves provided this statement: “They were in a restricted area and once they identified themselves as news media (via credentials) they were released. Local media are well aware of the rules.”</p><p data-block-key=\"1j688\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": "Arizona Department of Public Safety", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "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": "Arizona", "abbreviation": "AZ" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Alberto Mariani (The Arizona Republic)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Photographer detained at Arizona Capitol while documenting protests", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photographer-detained-at-arizona-capitol-while-documenting-protests/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-29T22:19:25.309147Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:49.715017Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:49.629320Z", "date": "2022-06-25", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Phoenix", "longitude": -112.07404, "latitude": 33.44838, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"dmai7\">Photographer Jack Sorgi was detained by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers while documenting reproductive rights protests at the capitol building in Phoenix on June 25, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"arar1\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s<a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\"> controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy. The Republic <a href=\"https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2022/06/26/abortion-rights-protesters-pull-down-arizona-capitol-fence-4-arrested/7741963001/\">reported</a> that protesters in Phoenix gathered at the Arizona Capitol complex, pounding on the doors and windows of the Senate building while the legislature was in session.</p><p data-block-key=\"8cobh\">Troopers set up temporary fences around the perimeter of the Capitol the following morning, according to The Republic.</p><p data-block-key=\"d2su4\">Sorgi, who documents for LLN Arizona, part of a <a href=\"https://lln.live/\">newsgathering collective</a>, told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that hundreds gathered for demonstrations at the complex that day until most dispersed at around 11 p.m.</p><p data-block-key=\"f9ffh\">“Around the 11:15 p.m. mark, that’s when protesters started grabbing on the chain link fence that surrounded the Capitol,” Sorgi said. “[They] started shaking it, eventually pulling the fence down about a dozen feet of the fence.”</p><p data-block-key=\"fprnk\">Approximately 45 seconds later, Sorgi said state troopers announced that it was an unlawful assembly and dozens of troopers swarmed the area from the north and south sides of the Capitol.</p><p data-block-key=\"1o7lg\">In <a href=\"https://twitter.com/LLN_Jack/status/1540968377807536128\">footage</a> Sorgi captured of the incident, a line of troopers can be seen running out from behind the fences with some shouting “Get on the ground!” and “Back up!”</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Following hours of sit-ins and marches a small group remained after 11 PM at the state capitol where they began attempting to take down the fence surrounding the building. DPS quickly swarmed the area and surrounded the group ordering everyone to the floor (myself included) <a href=\"https://t.co/9Tis98JsLB\">pic.twitter.com/9Tis98JsLB</a></p>&mdash; LLN Jack | Phoenix Metro (@LLN_Jack) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/LLN_Jack/status/1540968377807536128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"dmai7\">The video continues as Sorgi moves away from the advancing troopers toward the sidewalk where multiple individuals who appear to be photographers and legal observers are already kneeling on the ground.</p><p data-block-key=\"6ebnq\">Sorgi told the Tracker he verbally identified himself as press while holding his press pass out in front of him. He also said he was wearing a T-shirt with “media” printed across the front and back.</p><p data-block-key=\"9o2n7\">“Get all the way down man, all the way down,” a state trooper directs him in the footage. “I don’t care what your pass says.”</p><p data-block-key=\"17kc2\">Sorgi said that after getting on the ground he tried to position his camera at the trooper who was giving him orders, but the trooper told him to put his hands “all the way down” and grabbed his camera by the lens hood and forced it into the ground.</p><p data-block-key=\"batcs\">At least one other journalist, Arizona Republic photojournalist Alberto Mariani, was also detained by state troopers that night. The Tracker has documented that incident <a href=\"/all-incidents/arizona-republic-photographer-detained-while-documenting-protests/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"2rv4f\">Sorgi continued to record as multiple individuals nearby were allowed to stand and leave the area. After approximately a minute on the ground, Sorgi said a trooper who appeared to be supervising the others said, “This guy has a camera, get him out of here.” Sorgi was then directed to stand and follow the others across the street.</p><p data-block-key=\"7q1cq\">When reached for comment, DPS Media Relations Specialist Bart Graves provided this statement: “They were in a restricted area and once they identified themselves as news media (via credentials) they were released. Local media are well aware of the rules.”</p><p data-block-key=\"4paqd\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Sorgi.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.jpg", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"lrnrs\">LLN Arizona photographer Jack Sorgi, center, was ordered to get on the ground and briefly detained by state troopers while documenting reproductive rights protests in Phoenix on June 25, 2022.</p>", "arresting_authority": "Arizona Department of Public Safety", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "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": "Arizona", "abbreviation": "AZ" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jack Sorgi (LLN Arizona)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Videographer assaulted, detained while covering reproductive rights protests in LA", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-videographer-assaulted-detained-while-covering-reproductive-rights-protests-in-la/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-28T20:29:02.718160Z", "last_published_at": "2022-12-13T21:04:34.651119Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-12-13T21:04:34.469497Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"l94s3\">Independent videographer Vishal Singh was assaulted by law enforcement officers and detained in a kettle while documenting reproductive rights protests in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"bg7en\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which had previously protected the right to abortion under the right to privacy.</p><p data-block-key=\"4l5us\">Singh told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that when he arrived at Los Angeles City Hall shortly after 6 p.m. to cover the demonstrations, the crowds seemed relatively calm, despite hundreds of people already gathered.</p><p data-block-key=\"9hbbs\">As the crowds started marching in different directions, Singh said Los Angeles Police Department officers stopped him and two other reporters behind the protesters.</p><p data-block-key=\"fv2d0\">“I asked them if there was a media viewing area,” Singh said, “and we were eventually let go, but I get frustrated with even these momentary restrictions to access because things happen so quickly during protests.”</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Journalists temporarily denied entry as officers assault pro-abortion/pro-choice protesters. We asked about the media viewing zone but were met with no actual reply. <a href=\"https://t.co/8EBkk00IRI\">pic.twitter.com/8EBkk00IRI</a></p>&mdash; Vishal P. Singh (they/he) 🏳️‍⚧️ (@VPS_Reports) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/VPS_Reports/status/1540530461012684800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"l94s3\">Singh told the Tracker that after officers allowed the journalists to continue following the crowd, he immediately saw a clash between protesters and police. He started filming the encounter when an officer approached him.</p><p data-block-key=\"9kifv\">“He walked toward me, grabbed me by the shoulders, and shoved me,” Singh said.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">LAPD threatens to hit pro-abortion/pro-choice protesters with their vehicle. As folks move out of the way, impatient riot police start shoving people aside, myself included. <a href=\"https://t.co/aCJkyBnUwz\">pic.twitter.com/aCJkyBnUwz</a></p>&mdash; Vishal P. Singh (they/he) 🏳️‍⚧️ (@VPS_Reports) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/VPS_Reports/status/1540532896343023616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"l94s3\">Singh said he followed protesters for most of the night and saw police becoming increasingly aggressive. At one point, an officer pointed a crowd-control weapon at him.</p><p data-block-key=\"d2kmu\">“I started filming some b-roll from the sidewalk, focusing my frame when I heard yelling coming from the left,” Singh said, “and when I looked over, I’m staring down the barrel of a riot launcher pointed at my head.”</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">While I&#39;m filming a police vehicle, I look to my left and stare down the barrel of a 40mm riot gun. This is how LAPD responded tonight. With violence. Soon after this clip they opened fire. <a href=\"https://t.co/6V775G64AR\">pic.twitter.com/6V775G64AR</a></p>&mdash; Vishal P. Singh (they/he) 🏳️‍⚧️ (@VPS_Reports) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/VPS_Reports/status/1540568241671528448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"l94s3\">Singh said as he backed away from the area an officer noticed him filming and shoved him toward a crowd of people. Afterward, he noticed the press pass he was wearing on a lanyard around his neck had fallen off and was lost.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">As LAPD opens fire with riot munitions at point blank range on pro-choice and pro-abortion protesters, I try and get a shot of an officer with a 40mm riot gun and another officer shoves me nearly to the ground. <a href=\"https://t.co/P4s9VDc7PZ\">pic.twitter.com/P4s9VDc7PZ</a></p>&mdash; Vishal P. Singh (they/he) 🏳️‍⚧️ (@VPS_Reports) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/VPS_Reports/status/1540569433860583424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"l94s3\">“I got up, and obviously, I was shaken, and at that point, all hell broke loose,” Singh said.</p><p data-block-key=\"ep3m7\">Singh said he saw police officers assault other journalists, including <a href=\"/all-incidents/journalist-struck-shoved-to-ground-while-documenting-la-protests-on-reproductive-rights/\">Tina Desiree-Berg</a> and <a href=\"/all-incidents/beverly-hills-courier-reporter-shoved-by-police-officers-while-covering-reproductive-rights-protests/\">Samuel Braslow</a>. Soon after, he realized officers were forming a kettle around him and other journalists and protesters.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Journalists kettled. <a href=\"https://t.co/VngJUNwtGw\">pic.twitter.com/VngJUNwtGw</a></p>&mdash; Vishal P. Singh (they/he) 🏳️‍⚧️ (@VPS_Reports) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/VPS_Reports/status/1540586549665886208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"l94s3\">“I continually asked the officers if an unlawful assembly had been officially issued or if there was a dispersal order,” Singh said, but to no response. According to Singh, he was allowed to leave after an officer read a dispersal order.</p><p data-block-key=\"8dru6\">Singh was among several journalists assaulted or detained by LAPD officers while covering the protests. <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-25/lapd-treatment-of-journalists-denounced-again-after-abortion-rights-protest-downtown\">The Los Angeles Times</a> reported that police officers repeatedly ignored<a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/gavin-newsom-california-27c9b8a1c530df4344b4909fd8d7993d\"> a law signed in October 2021</a> that protected journalists from interference by law enforcement and expanded the rights of journalists covering protests during the civil protests:</p><p data-block-key=\"ce6v\">“According to Times reporters, witnesses&#x27; videos and interviews with other media members on the ground, journalists were pushed, struck with batons, forced out of areas where they had a right to observe police activity and blocked from entering other areas where police and protesters were clashing and arrests were being made.”</p><p data-block-key=\"2obf7\">LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Times that the department would be investigating the complaints made by members of the press. The LAPD did not return emailed requests for comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"dtd0t\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. here</a>.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": "Los Angeles Police Department", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "kettle", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge", "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Vishal Singh (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Independent videographer detained while documenting LA reproductive rights protests", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-videographer-detained-while-documenting-la-reproductive-rights-protests/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-27T20:51:37.047452Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:05.125927Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:05.057664Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"c65ml\">Independent videographer Sean Beckner-Carmitchel was repeatedly shoved and detained in a kettle alongside other journalists while documenting reproductive rights protests in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"5ffhl\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\">controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade that morning, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy.</p><p data-block-key=\"afh82\">The first protests in LA began outside a federal courthouse around noon, the Los Angeles Times <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-24/protests-southern-california-roe-abortion\">reported</a>, and continued into the night. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?categories=10&amp;search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-24&amp;date_upper=2022-06-24&amp;city=Los+Angeles&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">assaults of at least eight journalists</a> in the city that night.</p><p data-block-key=\"3b6tk\">Beckner-Carmitchel told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he arrived at Pershing Square in downtown LA at around 2 p.m., and that the first hours of the protest were energetic but not destructive.</p><p data-block-key=\"9geql\">After a group of protesters were able to block the highway, disrupting traffic, Beckner-Carmitchel said the atmosphere shifted and the Los Angeles Police Department officers became more aggressive with the demonstrators and press. He told the Tracker that he was shoved by officers multiple times that evening, and that at one point an officer shoved a protester who then fell into him.</p><p data-block-key=\"a5llc\">Shortly after 9 p.m., Beckner-Carmitchel <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ACatWithNews/status/1540546198053957632\">posted on Twitter</a> that police had detained him alongside protesters and other journalists using a technique known as kettling, in which police box in a crowd before typically conducting mass arrests.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Kettled. One member of press currently detained. Lots of violence.</p>&mdash; Sean Beckner-Carmitchel (@ACatWithNews) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ACatWithNews/status/1540546198053957632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"c65ml\">The Tracker has documented all of the journalists detained in the kettle that night <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-24&amp;date_upper=2022-06-24&amp;city=Los+Angeles&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=kettle&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"daa6k\">Beckner-Carmitchel told the Tracker he was released at exactly 9:30 p.m., and that he believed they were detained for 30 to 45 minutes.</p><p data-block-key=\"ad0un\">“A lot of what I saw was a flagrant violation of the spirit of [Senate Bill 98], if not the letter of the law,” Beckner-Carmitchel said.</p><p data-block-key=\"fnm0g\">In October 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 98, which was written in order to ensure the rights of journalists while covering protests or other civic actions,<a href=\"https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/politics/2021/10/10/gov--newsom-signs-bill-to-ensure-press-freedom-in-california\"> according to Spectrum News 1</a>. The law states that “law enforcement shall not intentionally assault, interfere with, or obstruct journalists” and explicitly exempts members of the press from dispersal orders.</p><p data-block-key=\"b4988\">LAPD did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.</p><p data-block-key=\"100f2\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"lpic\"><i>Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include comment from Sean Beckner-Carmitchel.</i></p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": "Los Angeles Police Department", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "kettle", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge", "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Sean Beckner-Carmitchel (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Photojournalist struck with police batons while covering reproductive rights protests in LA", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-struck-with-police-baton-while-covering-reproductive-rights-protests-in-la/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-28T14:22:30.740589Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:10.075498Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:10.015807Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"u2k6e\">Independent photojournalist Jake Lee Green was assaulted by Los Angeles Police Department officers on June 24, 2022, while documenting reproductive rights protests in Los Angeles, California.</p><p data-block-key=\"eqij8\">Protesters gathered in Downtown LA following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Green told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker he was photographing the demonstrations and wearing multiple press badges and a shoulder mounted camera when two police officers jabbed him in the side with their batons. Green said he had been filming when the officers jabbed him in the ribs, catching him by surprise.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">So, I made it onto the LA Times <a href=\"https://twitter.com/latimes?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@latimes</a> Web Site. That’s me getting jabbed in the ribs by an <a href=\"https://twitter.com/LAPDHQ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@LAPDHQ</a> Officer. I was wearing my PRESS badge. I decided NOT to go in armor and now I wish I had. My side still hurts. <a href=\"https://t.co/tX0EfNkR0C\">https://t.co/tX0EfNkR0C</a></p>&mdash; Jake Lee Green (@AeonPhotoCo) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/AeonPhotoCo/status/1540910496026697730?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"u2k6e\">“I was so focused on setting up my shot that I really wasn’t paying attention when the officers approached me,” Green said. “I told them I was just trying to do my job but I immediately got out of there.”</p><p data-block-key=\"6nfg0\">Green said he repeatedly encountered police throughout the day while covering the protests and noticed them acting aggressively toward reporters.</p><p data-block-key=\"5edl0\">“My encounter wasn’t as bad as some of my colleagues that night but that use of force was unnecessary,” Green said.</p><p data-block-key=\"2d394\">Green was among several other journalists who reported assaults or detainments while covering demonstrations in LA. <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-25/lapd-treatment-of-journalists-denounced-again-after-abortion-rights-protest-downtown\">The Los Angeles Times</a> reported police officers repeatedly ignored a recent law, passed in October 2021, that <a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/gavin-newsom-california-27c9b8a1c530df4344b4909fd8d7993d\">granted broader protections</a> to journalists covering civil protests and access to areas closed off by police.</p><p data-block-key=\"40a3c\">“According to Times reporters, witnesses&#x27; videos and interviews with other media members on the ground, journalists were pushed, struck with batons, forced out of areas where they had a right to observe police activity and blocked from entering other areas where police and protesters were clashing and arrests were being made.”</p><p data-block-key=\"eu4np\">LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Times that the department would be investigating the complaints made by press members. LAPD did not return an emailed request for comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"d14hq\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. 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": "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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jake Lee Green (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Cinematographer detained while documenting LA reproductive rights protest", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/cinematographer-detained-while-documenting-la-reproductive-rights-protest/", "first_published_at": "2022-07-11T21:02:42.815747Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:16:26.375343Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:16:26.312628Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"oob45\">A cinematographer who works on documentary and feature film projects was detained in a kettle alongside other journalists while documenting reproductive rights protests in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"2irkv\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\">controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade that morning, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy.</p><p data-block-key=\"9pgb4\">The first protests in LA began outside a federal courthouse around noon, the Los Angeles Times <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-24/protests-southern-california-roe-abortion\">reported</a>, and continued into the night. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?categories=10&amp;search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-24&amp;date_upper=2022-06-24&amp;city=Los+Angeles&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">assaults of at least eight journalists</a> in the city that night.</p><p data-block-key=\"fr5o4\">Jean, who asked to only be identified by her first name out of fear of retaliation, told the Tracker she arrived in downtown LA to document the protests taking place near City Hall. She said she filmed from an overpass as some members of the crowd made their way to a highway entrance nearby, and then followed as members of the crowd made their way back into downtown.</p><p data-block-key=\"dq90j\">“That was when protesting started happening a little differently — people started going against traffic and so on and so forth,” Jean said. “There came a point though where the protesting was stopped by the police, and this was when the first firework went off.”</p><p data-block-key=\"dr2bm\">Officer tried to stop the protesters from advancing, Jean said, but because of their small numbers they were unable to do so. She said that officers resorted to pushing and shoving her and many protesters while running past.</p><p data-block-key=\"32r4m\">The group of protesters continued marching to another intersection, where Jean said police assaulted multiple members of the press, including independent journalist <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-struck-shoved-to-ground-while-documenting-la-protests-on-reproductive-rights/\">Tina-Desiree Berg</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"78i7f\">“There was a major dash by poIice to the site of the crowd, and so many others rushed in to see what was happening,” Jean said. “In a video that I documented I was telling an officer that I am trying to see what is happening beyond him and while I am telling him this there is Tina — who’s also trying to do the same — except what I see is another officer with a riot gun strikes her across the face and stuns her.”</p><p data-block-key=\"e6nvt\">Jean said that before Berg was able to react, a second officer shoved her to the ground near Jean’s feet, and she helped Berg stand back up.</p><p data-block-key=\"fajkj\">Soon after, Jean said she was corralled alongside the rest of the crowd and multiple journalists by police using a technique known as kettling, in which police box in a crowd before typically conducting mass arrests.</p><p data-block-key=\"farhj\">Independent videographer <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-videographer-detained-while-documenting-la-reproductive-rights-protests/\">Sean Beckner-Carmitchel</a>, who was also detained that night, told the Tracker they were released at 9:30 p.m. after being held for 30 minutes to an hour. The Tracker has documented all of the journalists detained in the kettle that night <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-24&amp;date_upper=2022-06-24&amp;city=Los+Angeles&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=kettle&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"99is2\">“After already getting out of the kettle around the other side to head back to City Hall,” Jean said, “they still advanced on us again and threatened to kettle us for not dispersing quickly enough.”</p><p data-block-key=\"d43gt\">“In general, what I take away from the night was that the initial response was to be forcefully aggressive and not follow basic protocol procedures,” Jean told the Tracker.</p><p data-block-key=\"bhrjm\">In October 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 98, which was written in order to ensure the rights of journalists while covering protests or other civic actions,<a href=\"https://www.npr.org/2022/03/31/1089643078/lapd-media-echo-park-history\"> according to NPR</a>. The law states that “law enforcement shall not intentionally assault, interfere with, or obstruct journalists” and explicitly exempts members of the press from dispersal orders.</p><p data-block-key=\"b26ao\">LAPD did not respond to a request for comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"sbq7\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": null, "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "", "arresting_authority": "Los Angeles Police Department", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "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": "no", "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": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Arrest/Criminal Charge", "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Jean (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Journalist struck, shoved to ground while documenting LA protests on reproductive rights", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-struck-shoved-to-ground-while-documenting-la-protests-on-reproductive-rights/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-28T21:11:42.741345Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:30.694414Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:15:30.621812Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"zefpq\">Independent journalist Tina-Desiree Berg was repeatedly shoved and struck in the head by a police officer while documenting reproductive rights protests in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"6mp8e\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\">controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade that morning, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy.</p><p data-block-key=\"2qgit\">The first protests in LA began outside a federal courthouse around noon, the Los Angeles Times <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-24/protests-southern-california-roe-abortion\">reported</a>, and continued into the night. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?categories=10&amp;search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-24&amp;date_upper=2022-06-24&amp;city=Los+Angeles&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">assaults of at least eight journalists</a> in the city that night.</p><p data-block-key=\"3l6od\">Berg told the Tracker she was documenting the arrest of an abortion rights protester when an officer approached her without her noticing. In <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ACatWithNews/status/1540589747835260933\">footage</a> captured by independent videographer Sean Beckner-Carmitchel, Berg can be seen walking toward a group of officers arresting at least one individual while multiple individuals film from approximately six feet back.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Here it is from my angle. <a href=\"https://t.co/89Oi9rQEiL\">pic.twitter.com/89Oi9rQEiL</a></p>&mdash; Notorious TDB (@TinaDesireeBerg) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TinaDesireeBerg/status/1540576084592164864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"zefpq\">An officer can be heard shouting, “Back up!” before appearing to lunge to the side, grabbing Berg as she attempts to join the others documenting the arrest. The officer then appears to shove Berg back.</p><p data-block-key=\"2f1ra\"><a href=\"https://twitter.com/SamBraslow/status/1540548658365550592\">Footage</a> captured by Beverly Hills Courier reporter Sam Braslow shows the next moments, in which the officer appears to strike Berg in the head as a second officer approaches. That officer then pushes her, ultimately shoving Berg to the ground.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Police manhandle reporter <a href=\"https://twitter.com/TinaDesireeBerg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@TinaDesireeBerg</a>, who gets up and continues to report after being thrown to the ground. <a href=\"https://t.co/1zGFUgz9MW\">pic.twitter.com/1zGFUgz9MW</a></p>&mdash; Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/SamBraslow/status/1540548658365550592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"zefpq\">Berg told the Tracker the second officer said she needed to learn her lesson, telling her, “We’re trying to protect you.”</p><p data-block-key=\"cns0f\">“After that, I said to him, ‘But I’m press, here are my actual credentials.’ And I flipped them around so he saw the credential credential, not just my company one,” Berg said. “I said, ‘You’re not supposed to be doing this, we’re supposed to be allowed to be a safe space away from an arrest and film it.’ And he just said, ‘I don’t care.’”</p><p data-block-key=\"5o0rp\">Berg said she didn’t seek medical treatment after the incident, but felt sore the next few days.</p><p data-block-key=\"34np5\">In October 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 98, which was written in order to ensure the rights of journalists while covering protests or other civic actions, <a href=\"https://www.npr.org/2022/03/31/1089643078/lapd-media-echo-park-history\">according to NPR</a>. The law states that “law enforcement shall not intentionally assault, interfere with, or obstruct journalists” and explicitly exempts members of the press from dispersal orders.</p><p data-block-key=\"8u49p\">“The last couple of months have been fine, believe it or not. No issues. So, I thought [the Senate bill] was a game changer. Apparently not. A little bit of stress and everything reverts back,” Berg said. “It’s not about me: it’s about the First Amendment, it’s about the importance of preserving press freedom.”</p><p data-block-key=\"1bkpe\">LAPD did not respond to a request for comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"17qq8\">In a statement to the Times, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the department will investigate all complaints, including those that allege officers violated journalists’ rights under the new law.</p><p data-block-key=\"6kidn\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"drbv7\"><i>Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include comment from Tina-Desiree Berg.</i></p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Berg2.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"94idr\">While documenting an arrest at a reproductive rights protest in Los Angeles on June 24, 2022, journalist Tina-Desiree Berg, seen in the lower left of the frame, was shoved and struck in the head by police 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": "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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Tina-Desiree Berg (Independent)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Journalist repeatedly shoved while covering LA reproductive rights protests", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-repeatedly-shoved-while-covering-la-reproductive-rights-protests/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-27T21:11:01.576075Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:27.673757Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:27.620206Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"98vvk\">Lexis-Olivier Ray, a reporter with the digital news site L.A. Taco, was repeatedly shoved by police officers while documenting reproductive rights protests in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"fg4t3\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\">controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade that morning, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy.</p><p data-block-key=\"cibsp\">The first protests in LA began outside a federal courthouse around noon, the Los Angeles Times <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-24/protests-southern-california-roe-abortion\">reported</a>, and continued into the night. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?categories=10&amp;search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-24&amp;date_upper=2022-06-24&amp;city=Los+Angeles&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">assaults of at least six journalists</a> in the city that night.</p><p data-block-key=\"78gid\">Ray told the Tracker that he arrived downtown at Pershing Square that afternoon to report on the protests planned to begin at 5 p.m. After a series of speeches, Ray said the crowd of approximately 1,000 people marched less than a mile to City Hall.</p><p data-block-key=\"ogqg\">“Eventually that part of the protest kind of ended,” Ray said. “A splinter group broke off and started heading toward the freeway. That’s when things started to escalate.”</p><p data-block-key=\"dge1g\">Ray said he followed the group as they made their way to an on ramp, where they were met by both Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers, who prevented the demonstrators from getting onto the highway. Part of the group split away and ultimately did end up marching onto the interstate and blocking traffic, Ray said. He said it was after the demonstrators exited the highway that he had his first physical altercation with law enforcement.</p><p data-block-key=\"2d21d\">“A group of LAPD Metro division officers were trying to clear the area and I ended up getting shoved with a baton and an officer shoved me with his hands,” Ray said. In a <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1540529890344071168\">tweet</a> posted shortly before 8 p.m., Ray can be heard identifying himself as a member of the press as lines of officers advance toward him.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">LAPD officers shoved me and jabbed <a href=\"https://twitter.com/joeyneverjoe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@joeyneverjoe</a> in the stomach with a baton, sending him to the ground. We both identified ourselves as press repeatedly. <a href=\"https://twitter.com/LATCO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@LATCO</a> <a href=\"https://t.co/0FRTH7hlu3\">pic.twitter.com/0FRTH7hlu3</a></p>&mdash; Lexis-Olivier Ray (@ShotOn35mm) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1540529890344071168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"98vvk\">Multiple officers can be heard shouting, “Leave the area! Leave the area!” Both Ray and a second journalist — documentary photographer Joey Scott — can be heard identifying themselves as press in response.</p><p data-block-key=\"9r95t\">At approximately 0:06 in the clip, an officer steps forward and shoves Ray backward. “Woah, woah, woah! What are you doing man?” Ray can be heard asking.</p><p data-block-key=\"fkjqs\">After taking a few steps back, Ray appears to walk back toward the officer and says, “I’m press, I have a legal right to be here.”</p><p data-block-key=\"6tmvc\">Moments later, an officer pushed Scott to the ground with a baton, causing damage to his helmet as he fell into a vehicle. The Tracker has documented that incident <a href=\"/all-incidents/photojournalist-shoved-helmet-damaged-while-covering-la-protest/\">here</a>.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">LAPD just assaulted a journalist &amp; legal observer on South Broadway. <a href=\"https://t.co/Mc3PUmljy0\">pic.twitter.com/Mc3PUmljy0</a></p>&mdash; JP (Josh Pacheco) ✨🏳️‍⚧️They/Them (@JoshMPacheco) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/JoshMPacheco/status/1540527305243729920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"98vvk\">“That really changed the whole tone [of the evening],” Ray said. “That was really upsetting and frustrating.”</p><p data-block-key=\"dg07t\">Over the course of the evening, Ray told the Tracker, he was shoved by LAPD officers on multiple occasions. During one of the encounters, an officer told Ray and Scott that where they were standing was the media staging ground and to wait there for a public information officer to arrive to answer their questions. Within moments, a line of officers advanced on them and aggressively cornered him until he was pinned against a police car.</p><p data-block-key=\"etj5v\">Ray said that he was clearly identifiable as a member of the press, wearing an L.A. Taco shirt with “press” printed on the back and was wearing his press pass.</p><p data-block-key=\"2bbo6\">“In terms of press freedom rights, it was probably one of the worst protests I’ve been at,” Ray said.</p><p data-block-key=\"9dvna\">In October 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 98, which was written in order to ensure the rights of journalists while covering protests or other civic actions, <a href=\"https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/politics/2021/10/10/gov--newsom-signs-bill-to-ensure-press-freedom-in-california\">according to Spectrum News 1</a>. The law states that “law enforcement shall not intentionally assault, interfere with, or obstruct journalists” and explicitly exempts members of the press from dispersal orders.</p><p data-block-key=\"ca8lj\">The Los Angeles Police Department did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.</p><p data-block-key=\"fp5qc\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Ray.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"32ere\">L.A. Taco reporter Lexis-Olivier Ray, left, moments after a Los Angeles police officer shoved him backward while he was documenting protests in the city on June 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": "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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Lexis-Olivier Ray (L.A. Taco)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Journalist detained in kettle while documenting reproductive rights protests in LA", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-detained-in-kettle-while-documenting-reproductive-rights-protests-in-la/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-27T20:57:50.167525Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:15.433418Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:15.368825Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"d0ro6\">Anthony Cabassa, a field correspondent for the conservative bilingual outlet El American, was detained in a kettle alongside at least one other journalist while documenting reproductive rights protests in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2022.</p><p data-block-key=\"3g406\">Protests broke out across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court’s <a href=\"https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-dobbs-jackson-analysis-roe-wade.html\">controversial ruling</a> overturning Roe v. Wade that morning, which established that the right to abortion is guaranteed under the right to privacy.</p><p data-block-key=\"4ssqh\">The first protests in LA began outside a federal courthouse around noon, the Los Angeles Times <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-24/protests-southern-california-roe-abortion\">reported</a>, and continued into the night. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented the <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?categories=10&amp;search=&amp;date_lower=2022-06-24&amp;date_upper=2022-06-24&amp;city=Los+Angeles&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">assaults of at least eight journalists</a> in the city that night.</p><p data-block-key=\"6tcth\">In a <a href=\"https://twitter.com/AnthonyCabassa_/status/1540556888277798913\">Twitter post</a> at 9:45 p.m., Cabassa wrote that police had detained him alongside protesters and other journalists using a technique known as kettling, in which police box in a crowd before typically conducting mass arrests.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">In my reporting this evening, I (alongside protestors and other journalists) are being detained. This after the group I was following assaulted police and were vandalizing downtown shops. <br><br>I showed police my journalist credentials, they said we cannot leave, as arrests are made. <a href=\"https://t.co/KrIkzR8ukp\">pic.twitter.com/KrIkzR8ukp</a></p>&mdash; Anthony Cabassa (@AnthonyCabassa_) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/AnthonyCabassa_/status/1540556888277798913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"d0ro6\">“When we approach the police line, we are told that we are not allowed to leave. We showed them our media credentials,” Cabassa said in a video posted with the tweet. “I guess we’re being detained. I believe we are awaiting further instructions on what’s to happen, but as of now we cannot leave, we cannot leave at all.”</p><p data-block-key=\"5e4dp\">Cabassa did not respond to a request for additional comment.</p><p data-block-key=\"ea3g4\">Independent videographer Sean Beckner-Carmitchel, confirmed to the Tracker that he was detained in the kettle alongside Cabassa that night, and that they were released at 9:30 p.m. The Tracker has documented Beckner-Carmitchel’s detainment <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-videographer-detained-while-documenting-la-reproductive-rights-protests/\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"8l87a\">At around 10:30 p.m., Cabassa <a href=\"https://twitter.com/AnthonyCabassa_/status/1540567433655640064\">posted on Twitter</a> that he had been released without being charged.</p><p data-block-key=\"3b6rq\">The Los Angeles Police Department did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.</p><p data-block-key=\"dfqie\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">here</a>.</p><p data-block-key=\"bhhoj\"><i>Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include details from independent videographer Sean Beckner-Carmitchel.</i></p></div>", "introduction": "", "teaser": "", "teaser_image": "https://media.pressfreedomtracker.us/media/images/Cabassa.2e16d0ba.fill-1330x880.png", "primary_video": null, "image_caption": "<p data-block-key=\"zzppm\">In his Twitter livestream, El American correspondent Anthony Cabassa details his detainment while covering a reproductive rights demonstration in Los Angeles on June 24, 2022.</p>", "arresting_authority": "Los Angeles Police Department", "arrest_status": "detained and released without being processed", "status_of_charges": "not charged", "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, 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"Anthony Cabassa (El American)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] }, { "title": "Beverly Hills Courier reporter shoved by officers while covering reproductive rights protests", "url": "https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/beverly-hills-courier-reporter-shoved-by-police-officers-while-covering-reproductive-rights-protests/", "first_published_at": "2022-06-27T22:12:38.603865Z", "last_published_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:49.970219Z", "latest_revision_created_at": "2022-08-05T19:14:49.915970Z", "date": "2022-06-24", "exact_date_unknown": false, "city": "Los Angeles", "longitude": -118.24368, "latitude": 34.05223, "body": "<div class=\"block-rich_text\"><p data-block-key=\"un8nm\">Beverly Hills Courier reporter Samuel Braslow wrote that he was assaulted by law enforcement officers on June 24, 2022, while covering demonstrations in Los Angeles, California, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the landmark reproductive rights case Roe v. Wade.</p><p data-block-key=\"7q8n4\">Braslow chronicled the demonstrations in <a href=\"https://twitter.com/SamBraslow/status/1540498644843253761\">a Twitter thread</a> and wrote that the crowds eventually made their way to City Hall, where Los Angeles Police Department officers wearing riot gear told protesters to leave the area. According to Braslow, he never heard the officers announce an order to disperse.</p><p data-block-key=\"btv2\">Braslow was filming the crowd when LAPD officers shoved him toward another group of officers.</p><p data-block-key=\"2j7co\">“Police just pushed me and another reporter into other police officers resulting in the other reporter’s detention or arrest. I haven’t seen officers this aggressive in a long time,”<a href=\"https://twitter.com/SamBraslow/status/1540547264657051649\"> Braslow wrote on Twitter.</a></p><p data-block-key=\"ci2bf\">Another journalist documenting the protest <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ACatWithNews/status/1540590856347852801\">posted a video</a> on Twitter of Braslow’s assault.</p></div>\n<div class=\"block-tweet\"><div class=\"tweet-embed\">\n <div>\n <blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Police throwing journalist <a href=\"https://twitter.com/SamBraslow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@SamBraslow</a> backwards just a few moments later. He did have a small bloodstain on his shirt shortly after. <a href=\"https://t.co/Og8Y9bEHiX\">pic.twitter.com/Og8Y9bEHiX</a></p>&mdash; Sean Beckner-Carmitchel (@ACatWithNews) <a href=\"https://twitter.com/ACatWithNews/status/1540590856347852801?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">June 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=\"un8nm\">Braslow and the LAPD did not return emailed requests for comment as of publication.</p><p data-block-key=\"86qr4\">Braslow was among several journalists who reported being assaulted or detained by LAPD officers while covering the protests. <a href=\"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-25/lapd-treatment-of-journalists-denounced-again-after-abortion-rights-protest-downtown\">The Los Angeles Times</a> reported that police officers repeatedly ignored<a href=\"https://apnews.com/article/gavin-newsom-california-27c9b8a1c530df4344b4909fd8d7993d\"> a law signed in October 2021</a> that protected journalists from interference by law enforcement and expanded the rights of journalists covering protests during the civil protests.</p><p data-block-key=\"701k6\">“According to Times reporters, witnesses&#x27; videos and interviews with other media members on the ground, journalists were pushed, struck with batons, forced out of areas where they had a right to observe police activity and blocked from entering other areas where police and protesters were clashing and arrests were being made,” the Times reported.</p><p data-block-key=\"bhp9e\">LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Times that the department would be investigating the complaints made by members of the press.</p><p data-block-key=\"f91cb\">Find press freedom violations documented by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at <a href=\"https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?search=&amp;date_lower=&amp;date_upper=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;targeted_journalists=&amp;targeted_institutions=&amp;tags=reproductive+rights&amp;case_number=&amp;case_statuses=&amp;case_type=&amp;release_date_lower=&amp;release_date_upper=&amp;arrest_status=&amp;status_of_charges=&amp;charges=&amp;detention_date_lower=&amp;detention_date_upper=&amp;assailant=&amp;border_point=&amp;target_nationality=&amp;target_us_citizenship_status=&amp;politicians_or_public_figures_involved=&amp;equipment_broken=&amp;actor=&amp;status_of_seized_equipment=&amp;equipment_seized=&amp;workers_whose_communications_were_obtained=&amp;status_of_prior_restraint=&amp;subpoena_type=&amp;subpoena_statuses=&amp;detention_status=&amp;third_party_in_possession_of_communications=&amp;third_party_business=&amp;legal_order_type=\">reproductive rights demonstrations across the U.S. 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": "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": "California", "abbreviation": "CA" }, "updates": [], "case_statuses": [], "workers_whose_communications_were_obtained": [], "target_nationality": [], "targeted_institutions": [], "tags": [ "court verdict", "protest", "reproductive rights" ], "current_charges": [], "dropped_charges": [], "politicians_or_public_figures_involved": [], "authors": [], "categories": [ "Assault" ], "targeted_journalists": [ "Samuel Braslow (Beverly Hills Courier)" ], "subpoena_statuses": [] } ]