The Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs and Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call senior writer John Donnelly talk about recent incidents in which they were physically attacked while reporting the news.
On May 24, Jacobs was assaulted by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte after the reporter asked him a question about the Republican health care plan. Gianforte threw Jacobs to the ground, punched him and broke his glasses. The glasses will be on display in the Newseum beginning June 23.
Just a week earlier, Donnelly was pinned against a wall by two security guards at the Federal Communications Commission headquarters when he approached FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to ask a question after a press conference.
These were two in series of recent incidents in which U.S. journalists have been assaulted or arrested while reporting the news. The First Amendment guarantees journalists the right to report the news without fear of retaliation by government officials. Critics have cited the Trump administration’s hostility toward journalists as causing a decline in press freedom in the United States.
“The President and the Press” explores the Trump administration’s relationship with the press, pertinent challenges to the First Amendment, and protecting the free flow of information in a divided nation.
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