Attacks against journalists covering Black Lives Matter protests worldwide condemned

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As the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis last week garners a global outcry against police brutality and systemic racism towards African Americans in the United States, some domestic and international journalists covering large street demonstrations and protests organised by the Black Lives Matter movement are finding themselves deliberately targeted, intimidated, arrested and attacked by both law enforcement officers and violent protesters.

These hostile, heavy handed and unprovoked incidents involving news crews, photographers and reporters have been rigorously condemned by the US based independent, nonprofit organization, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calling it out as showing “…complete disregard for their critical role in documenting issues of public interest.”

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