24 Jun 2020

How journalists have come under attack in what are supposed to be democracies

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month started a wave of protests around the world demanding justice for victims and reform of institutions.

But the largely peaceful demonstrations have also shown that the forces of law and order in the US and beyond have begun reacting more violently to those seeking to record and report.

Scores of journalists have been injured and many believe the political climate has given licence to those looking to muzzle freedom of expression and the media’s ability to function.