Only two weeks after the numerous attacks on journalists during the “Querdenken” demonstration in Leipzig on 7 November, we are once again witnessing attacks on media workers during today’s demonstration in Leipzig and Hannover, on 21 November 2020. Once again, we are getting reports of violations to press and media freedom, which make it difficult for journalists and media workers to do their job.
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), located in Leipzig, strongly condemns all violence against journalists and media workers by demonstrators, and the police. We ask that no party restrict imperative reporting during demonstrations. We demand that press and media freedom be respected and safeguarded so that media workers can carry out their work unhindered. We urge the police to ensure the press are allowed to work safely and during demonstrations, especially since the media are one of the main targets of the protests.
If you have been affected or if you have witnessed an attack on journalists you can report it here.