In this video, published May 31 and viewed over 2 million times on Twitter, Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennefessy-Fiske says she was gassed by a Minnesota police patrol: “They identified us as the press and they fired tear gas canisters at us. I was hit in the leg. “
According to watchman who analyzed these attacks, 72% of journalists were identifiable, either with their equipment, or with their brands and press vests. Some films show the police deliberately attacking the press. On June 2, the US channel ABC sent photos of a police officer with his shield to strike a journalist and his camera. The cameraman was quickly identified as Tim Meyers, a reporter for the Australian TV channel 7newsAustralia. Her colleague was also hard pressed by the police. The scene took place during a demonstration outside the White House in Washington.
Following this incident, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morisson asked the Australian Embassy in Washington to investigate this incident.
The place US Press Freedom Tracker, which records attacks on press freedom in the United States, on June 4 had more than 300 “incidents against press freedom” since the start of protests in the United States: 49 arrests, 192 attacks, 69 physical attacks including 43 from the police.
Foreign journalists were not spared, as was Matthieu Derrien, an image reporter for TF1, who published pictures of his car window, broken by a police rubber bullet, on May 31 on Twitter. Minneapolis. Together with his colleague Amandine Atalaya, they were arrested before being quickly released.