Publication Date: December 2020
Research and Editorial Team: Jamie Wiseman

According to IPI’s COVID-19 tracker, while numerous journalists were attacked at anti-lockdown demonstrations in the first wave between March and May 2020, incidents had become more frequent and severe in recent months, raising growing concerns about the safety of journalists and the willingness of editors to send reporting crews into the field.

This overview highlights the most severe attacks suffered by journalists and media workers covering protests.

In July 2020, IPI documented previous attacks on journalists reporting on COVID-19 related protests.

In addition to COVID-19-related protests, a slew of cases involving journalists being detained, attacked and intimidated at other demonstrations in recent months have been documented in EU countries.

Tags: COVID-19 Media freedom Safety of journalists Political pressure Italy Slovenia Austria Portugal Bulgaria Germany Poland

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