Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte attacked a reporter in May. He won a special election the day after he was charged with assault.
A state senator slapped another reporter in the face. The assault still is under investigation.
Yet another reporter claims security guards pinned him against the wall while he attempted to question FCC officials. The FCC later apologized.
These are just a few of the summer’s physical assaults of journalists by politicians.
These assaults may be the result of an administration that considers journalists “enemies” and suggests the FBI should imprison them. They certainly led to students requesting we chat about Journalists’ Safety during #EditorTherapy.
Most student journalists have not been physically threatened or attacked while doing their work, but they’re still concerned about the possibility because it seems to be happening so much more frequently to professional journalists.
We discussed Journalists’ Safety during the Aug. 2 #EditorTherapy chat. Below is an overview of that discussion.