The Washington Post reports:
One in five TV news directors surveyed by the Radio Television Digital News Directors Association said their crews had been attacked at some point last year.
Station managers who responded to the industry survey said their journalists had been verbally harassed, punched, slapped, shoved, spat on, robbed at gunpoint, and hit with rocks and water bottles. At a rally for Trump, one attendee “deliberately coughed on our reporter,” one news director reported.
The news directors association has backed a bill introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) that would make it a federal crime to “intentionally intimidate” or cause bodily harm to a journalist while reporting the news.
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“In recent months, local TV news crews have faced verbal and physical abuse while on the job. A few reporters have been injured. Some have been robbed or had equipment damaged.” https://t.co/sNJgKAzzoK
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 9, 2021