Members of the violent left-wing movement Antifa have repeatedly harassed and attacked members of the media who cover them.
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a collaboration led by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, includes numerous instances of “anti-fascist” agitators harassing and assaulting journalists since President Donald Trump took office.
Protesters at an Antifa rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, harassed and attacked an NBC crew in August 2018. NBC reporter Cal Perry tweeted out a video of the attack.
The same day of Perry’s attack, Antifa members in the nation’s capital harassed reporters at another rally.
Journalist Mike Kessler described watching Antifa members attack another photographer at the same Berkeley rally.
“What I saw was a photographer—a white guy, thirty-something, pink shorts, black tee-shirt; media affiliation, if any, still unknown—taking blows to the head and body while cradling his camera like a football recovered post-fumble. Evidently, he’d captured something the antifas didn’t want him to document. They wanted to destroy the evidence, and he wasn’t going to hand it over,” Kessler wrote in an essay for The New Republic.
The black-masked agitators later took Kessler’s camera and smashed it on the ground to keep him from documenting their actions.
That same month, August 2017, an Antifa member struck a Richmond photojournalist in the head with a blunt object, forcing the camera man to get stitches at the hospital.
Chicago Sun Times reporter Sam Charles was attacked by left-wing agitators protesting Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
Charles posted the video to Twitter, adding: “I just got punched in the chest for recording a masked woman tagging a bus stop on Michigan Ave.”
Charles told the Freedom of the Press Foundation the masked woman was spray-painting “Die Fascist Scum” on a bus stop.
I just got punched in the chest for recording a masked woman tagging a bus stop on Michigan Ave pic.twitter.com/WQxFjR5740— Sam Charles (@samjcharles) January 21, 2017
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