Independent photojournalists hit with pepper balls fired by federal agents in Portland

October 18, 2020
At least two journalists were hit with crowd-control munitions fired by federal law enforcement officers during a protest in Portland, Oregon, on the early morning of Oct. 18, 2020, despite a court order banning federal agents from targeting press.Independent photojournalists Maranie Staab and Sean Bascom were both shot by pepper balls while covering a demonstration outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in South Portland.Protests had been held In Portland on almost a nightly basis since late May in …

Two journalists hit with projectiles during Portland protest

October 17, 2020
At least two journalists were hit with crowd-control munitions fired by law enforcement officers during a protest at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 17, 2020.Racial justice protests had been held regularly in Portland since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Several protests in the city have targeted federal government buildings, and on the evening of Oct. 17, protesters marched on the ICE building in South Portland.Freelance photojournalist Cole Howard told …

Journalist assaulted while covering meeting of Oregon group

October 4, 2020
An Oregon journalist was attacked on Oct. 4, 2020, in a public park by attendees of what he believed to be a meeting of a local militia group.Chris Bristol, city editor for the Grants Pass Daily Courier, told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he was tipped off to what was described to him as a meeting of a local militia group that was being held at Reinhart Volunteer Park in Grants Pass. Bristol referred to the group as the …

Journalist covering pro-Trump demonstration hit by paintballs in Oregon

September 7, 2020
Independent journalist Brian Conley was shot with paintballs by a person participating in a pro-Donald Trump rally in Salem, Oregon, on Sept. 7, 2020.For months, Oregon’s largest city, Portland, had witnessed frequent and heated protests over racial justice and police violence that were initially sparked by the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. At times, those demonstrations attracted counter-protesters, particularly ones who visibly claimed support of President Trump.On Sept. 7, a large group of Trump supporters gathered …
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