The disturbing displays of violence against the press in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday are concerning to CPJ, especially with regards to the safety of journalists covering civil unrest and political events.
The press reported threats amid the chaos on Wednesday that included intimidation of news crews and destruction of equipment. The words “Murder the Media” were etched on a door inside the building, The New York Times reported, and individuals in the crowd repeatedly threatened and harassed journalists covering the protests.
Late Thursday, CPJ published a feature on our website that highlights interviews with several journalists who reported on Wednesday’s events. To read what they saw and heard, click here.
Meanwhile, CPJ continues to offer safety information to journalists covering protests in the United States. Our Emergencies team’s safety guide includes resources for risk assessment and contact information to report any violations.
If you have any questions about journalist safety, feel free to reach out to our safety experts and sign up for CPJ’s safety email alerts here: www.cpj.org/emergencies
Director of Development and Outreach
Committee to Protect Journalists