Rough Treatment of Journalists in the Trump Era

‘Body-slammed’ by a candidate

On Wednesday night, Ben Jacobs, a journalist for The Guardian, said he was “body slammed” by Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate in a special House election, at a campaign event in Montana.

It was the last night of a closely watched campaign, and Mr. Jacobs pressed Mr. Gianforte to answer a question about health care. In a recording of the exchange, the sounds of a physical struggle and a crash can be heard, followed by Mr. Gianforte saying: “I’m sick and tired of you guys!”

”You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses,” Mr. Jacobs said.

Mr. Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Pinned against a wall at the F.C.C.

Last week, John M. Donnelly, a journalist for CQ Roll Call, said he was pinned against a wall by security workers in Washington as he tried to ask a question of Michael P. O’Rielly, a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission.

Two plainclothes security workers used their backs to keep him against the wall and away from Mr. O’Rielly, Mr. Donnelly said.

“There was absolutely nothing in my countenance that could be perceived as a threat,” Mr. Donnelly said. “I think they interpreted that I was going to ask a question, and they were determined to stop it.” Mr. O’Rielly later apologized on social media.

Arrested in West Virginia

On May 9, Dan Heyman, a journalist for the Public News Service who has worked as a freelancer for The New York Times, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor after he tried to question Tom Price, the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, in West Virginia.

Mr. Heyman tried to approach Mr. Price while asking a question about pre-existing conditions under the health care bill that had recently passed in the House. The criminal complaint against him said he “tried…

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