At least 117 journalists have been detained in the U.S. during protests this year

At least 117 journalists have been detained in the U.S. during protests this year

Representatives of the monitoring project say this figure is up sharply from previous years

At least 117 journalists were detained or arrested while covering protests in the United States in 2020, according to a report released by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a joint project of two leading press freedom organizations.

That’s according to a report released by U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a joint project of two leading press freedom organizations.

The report covers cases up to Dec. 10. It shows an unprecedented number of journalists, photographers and crew members detained while covering protests in some 40 U.S. cities.

The number of arrests made in 2020 is more than double the number reported in 2017-2019 combined. That said, the work to verify information about the arrests continues.

“We haven’t seen numbers like this in the history of the project,” said its managing editor, Kirstin McCadden. – We’ve seen an unprecedented number of protests across the country this year. And protests have always been an incredibly dangerous place for journalists compared to other topics.”