02 Jul 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 10 Jun 2020 n° 164/2020 Italy

Journalists Attacked and Labelled as "Terrorists" during Far Right Protests in Rome

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner Article 19
Partner Article 19
On 6 June 2020, a protest organised in Rome by extreme far right movements turned violent. The protesters were demonstrating their discontent about the measures adopted by the Italian government to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. The confrontations started while a protester was being interviewed by some journalist crews, which sparked discontent from a group of the demonstrators. The brawl then extended against the journalists who were covering the rally and against and the police. The protesters were chanting slogans comparing journalists to “terrorists” and launched rocks, bottles and firecrackers against the crews; a video-maker was injured after the pole of a flag hit him on the head.
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