U.S. Press Freedom Tracker


Total Incidents: 971

Data Tracked For This Category

Journalists who face physical violence, either as the result of a targeted attack by a public or private individual or in the course of their work. If a journalist is hit by rubber bullets or bean bag rounds, it will be counted in this category.

Damage to equipment is counted in a separate "Equipment Damage" category, but may be also listed in this Assault category if the damage occurs with an attack.

Journalists affected by tear gas, pepper spray or other mass riot control agents will be counted if the individual suffers serious injury or appears to have been specifically targeted. Incidents that fall outside these parameters and in which multiple journalists were affected by riot control agents may be counted in the “Other” category.

Recent Incidents

Articles About Assault

  1. A copy of the Capital Gazette is displayed in a newspaper box the day after a gunman killed five people and injuring several others at the publication's offices in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 29, 2018.

    Capital Gazette newsroom targeted in mass shooting

    Nine journalists and two sales associates were present in the Capital Gazette newsroom when a gunman shot his way into the newspaper's offices. Five were killed: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

    Written by
    Stephanie Sugars