Elaine Byrne: Stoking of media hatred in Trump’s tweets has fired police violence against journalists

The use of the US president’s ‘fake news’ trope has entered our own political lexicon in Dáil debates, opening the door to a malignment of all Irish journalism

7th June, 2020
Elaine Byrne: Stoking of media hatred in Trump’s tweets has fired police violence against journalists
Omar Jimenez, a reporter with CNN, who was arrested live on air while reporting on the unrest in Minneapolis

“US law enforcement are deliberately targeting journalists during George Floyd protests” was the assertion by Bellingcat, a respected international collective of investigative journalists.

At the time of writing, Nick Waters, a Bellingcat senior investigator, had documented 140 separate incidents over a seven-day period since protests have sprung up across the US following the killing of Floyd.

The first logged incident on May 29 was televised live. A CNN crew were reporting on the ground...

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