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Alert created on: 03 Aug 2020 n° 92/2020 Germany
Journalists Insulted and Harassed by Demonstrators in Berlin
Several journalists and press photographers were insulted and harassed by demonstrators participating in the demonstration against the Covid-19 pandemic protection measures on Saturday, 1 August 2020, in Berlin. A team from public television station ZDF had to interrupt its reporting under pressure from the demonstrators, as shown in the footage shot by journalist Dunja Hayali. On 3 August, the German Federation of Journalists (DJV) called on the authorities to take measures to ensure the protection of journalists covering demonstrations. The German journalists' union (dju in ver.di) denounced the inaction of the local police in Berlin.
- Case report by Committee to Protect Journalists: "Demonstrators attack, obstruct journalists covering protests against COVID-19 lockdown in Germany"
- Statement by dju in ver.di: "Anti-Corona-Demo: ver.di zieht eine negative Bilanz"
- DJV statement: "Demos: Sicherheit verbessern"
- Dunja Hayali's footage (on Instagram)
31 Aug 2020
New Reply from the German authorities