The Capitol attack on Jan. 6 resulted in at least nine physical assaults against journalists and at least five arrests, per the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker’s top editor.
Why it matters: President Trump’s harsh rhetoric towards the press has empowered leaders abroad and locally in the U.S. to continue to attack press that they don’t like.
- As Trump departs, he leaves a legacy of targeted vitriol towards the press that will live on via his supporters for many years to come.
Ahead of inauguration, several journalists tell CNN they plan to wear bullet-proof vests. Many newsrooms have instructed reporters not to wear any paraphernalia, including press badges, that could identify them as journalists.
- A coalition of news organizations sent a letter to federal law enforcement agencies last week calling for greater transparency and more information about political violence threats at the inauguration.