Tear gas is deployed into a Louisville, Kentucky, crowd on May 29, 2020.

Journalists impeded while documenting national protests

Press Freedom in Crisis

While covering protests across the nation — spurred by the death of George Floyd, a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 — an unprecedented number of journalists have been assaulted, arrested or otherwise prevented from documenting history. As the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker verifies more than 470 reported incidents across 70+ cities, you’ll find them here.

VISUALIZING ATTACKS ON PRESS FREEDOM | Incidents are charted here by date as they are published. Explore our data using the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker API.

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