Journalism Pakistan
Latest:
Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarksIWMF offers funding opportunities for female journalists worldwidePTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyYouTube unveils new features to boost creator engagement and monetizationJournalist Sophia Huang Xueqin sentenced to five years in China for subversionFarewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalismPakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justiceImran Riaz released after court discharges fraud caseAmeen Rajput's tragic end highlights struggles of jobless journalistsFunding available for innovative data-driven journalism projectsJournalist Hiba Abu Taha sentenced to one year in prison in JordanCable operators block four news channels in India's Andhra Pradesh state post-election

Violent mob attacks media during Capitol assault

 JournalismPakistan.com
 January 08, 2021

Violent mob attacks media during Capitol assault

BRUSSELS—Violent protesters targeted and attacked media workers during the assault on the United States Capitol in Washington DC. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its American affiliates deplore these barbaric attacks against journalists and stand in solidarity with journalists protecting citizens’ right to know.

A violent mob assaulted a media crew when they were reporting on the attack on the US Capitol during the certification of the presidential vote perpetrated by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

Assailants destroyed media equipment and made a noose out of camera cables and hung it from a tree while screaming “get out of here” and “we are the news now.”

A spokesman for The Associated Press confirmed that its equipment had been stolen and destroyed, adding that none of its staff members had been injured.

A CBS News journalist reported that a protester had told him that law enforcement officers would not protect journalists and denounced the lack of protection. “There were no police around us, we were on our own. We high-tailed it out of there.” He described the mob as “absolutely, ferociously angry at the media.”

While journalists outside the Capitol were threatened and surrounded, media workers inside the Capitol were forced to shelter in secure locations for hours as violent protesters entered the building. One of them wrote, “murder the media” in a door inside the Capitol.

More incidents against media workers were reported in Canada, where a CBC News photojournalist was assaulted at a pro-Trump protest in Vancouver, according to media reports.

The NewsGuild, an IFJ affiliate, called on its members who were covering the unfolding events at the capital to please stay safe and be in communication with them and offered any kind of support or assistance if needed.

Newsguild President, Jon Schleuss, said: “This is an absolute embarrassment for our country. My thoughts are with all the amazing journalists covering this moment. Stay safe, by God, you are our light. We are only free and informed people because of our free press”.

National Writers Union President, Larry Goldbetter, said: "It is no coincidence that the racist storm troopers who attacked an election that 160 million people participated in, would also attack media workers, elections and a free press are two of the foundations of a democratic society. Trump and his terrorist minions are violently opposed to both. What's worse is that they had free reign for the entire day, whereas protesters against racist police violence were arrested by the tens of thousands over the summer.

IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “We are appalled by the violent attacks against media workers who were just doing their job. This is the final result of a long process of demonisation and hate-speech narrative against the media in the United States by Donald Trump. We stand in solidarity with our American colleagues. You are not alone.”—IFJ media release/Photo: AFP

PTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyPTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversy

 June 15, 2024:  PTV Sports has terminated Rashid Latif's contract, sparking controversy and speculation. Despite a recent extension, Latif's depar...

Pakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justicePakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justice

 June 14, 2024:  Freedom Press Unlimited, in collaboration with the government and civil society activists, has launched the Pakistan Task Force on...

Imran Riaz released after court discharges fraud caseImran Riaz released after court discharges fraud case

 June 14, 2024:  Journalist Imran Riaz Khan was released by Lahore police after a court discharged him from a fraud case. The court found insuffici...

Ameen Rajput's tragic end highlights struggles of jobless journalistsAmeen Rajput's tragic end highlights struggles of jobless journalists

 June 14, 2024:  Journalist Ameen Rajput's tragic death underscores the severe economic hardships faced by unemployed journalists. His story highli...

Journalists protest controversial defamation law in Punjab AssemblyJournalists protest controversial defamation law in Punjab Assembly

 June 13, 2024:  Journalists stage a walkout during the Punjab Assembly's budget session in protest against a new defamation law, highlighting conc...

Journalist Sanaullah Khan's bold question stuns post-budget press conferenceJournalist Sanaullah Khan's bold question stuns post-budget press conference

 June 13, 2024:  At a post-budget press conference in Islamabad, journalist Sanaullah Khan's pointed question about budget allocation and accountab...

Finance minister announces restoration of health insurance scheme for journalists and media workersFinance minister announces restoration of health insurance scheme for journalists and media workers

 June 12, 2024:  Federal Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb announces the restoration of a health insurance scheme for journalists and media worke...

Imran Riaz's arrest sparks legal battle Imran Riaz's arrest sparks legal battle

 June 12, 2024:  Journalist Imran Riaz Khan was arrested at Lahore Airport while leaving for Hajj and remanded in police custody for one day on fra...

Newsroom
Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

 June 16, 2024 Indian author Arundhati Roy is facing prosecution over her controversial remarks on Kashmir made in 2010. The legal action highlights ongoing tensions and freedom of speech issues in India.

Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferences

Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferences

 June 16, 2024 Discover the reasons behind the chaos and lack of decorum in today's press conferences. Explore how aggressive journalists and the erosion of professional ethics are turning these events into shouting matches.

IWMF offers funding opportunities for female journalists worldwide

IWMF offers funding opportunities for female journalists worldwide

 June 15, 2024 Female and nonbinary journalists can apply for the Howard G. Buffett Fund through the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to support their reporting projects and professional development. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin sentenced to five years in China for subversion

Journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin sentenced to five years in China for subversion

 June 15, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the five-year prison sentence given to journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin by a Chinese court for "inciting subversion of state power." CPJ urges the Chinese government to release her immediately.

Farewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalism

Farewell to Harpal Singh Bedi, a giant in Indian sports journalism

 June 15, 2024 Renowned Indian sports journalist Harpal Singh Bedi has passed away, leaving a legacy of razor-sharp reporting and heartfelt stories. Colleagues and friends pay tribute to his indomitable spirit and immense contribution to sports journalism in India.