UN High Commissioner Calls on US to Ensure Reporters Can Work Free From Attacks or Repression

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Several journalists from different countries have been attacked by US police while covering the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on US authorities to ensure that reporters can do their work free from attacks or repression during the Floyd protests.

The statement comes after OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir urged US authorities to ensure the safety of journalists covering the protests. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the United Nations secretary-general, said that all such incidents should be investigated.

On 1 June, Sputnik journalist Nicole Roussell said she was fired at by police while covering protests in Washington, DC, despite identifying as being a member of the media. A stinger grenade left a couple of welts on her hip and thigh.

A day before that, the Russian Embassy in the United States sent a protest note to the US State Department after a Minneapolis police officer pepper-sprayed RIA Novosti reporter Mikhail Turgiyev in the face. Turgiyev was attacked along with a VICE Magazine crew after the protests ended and all journalists identified themselves as being members of the media without resisting the police.

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