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Virginia Press Association condemns law enforcement actions against journalists during weekend protests
(Glen Allen, VA) ––The Virginia Press Association condemns the use of force by some law enforcement officers against several journalists covering the Richmond protests this past weekend.
The role of reporters in covering demonstrations is essential to informing the public about what is happening in their communities. The First Amendment protects newsgathering and prohibits the government from using police power to interfere with press freedoms.
When reporters clearly identify themselves as members of the press, they should be afforded all the protections guaranteed them by the U.S. Constitution.