What Journalists Should Keep In Mind Covering Anti-Fascist Protests
What Journalists Should Keep In Mind Covering Anti-Fascist Protests
A camera being smashed shouldn’t immediately draw battle lines.

The moment Global TV’s camera hit the ground, the August 20 protests in Quebec City became about violence. For too many journalists that afternoon, it was now personal.

The white-supremacist group La Meute organized a rally. Anti-racist protesters organized counter rallies. When the dust settled and the news came out, La Meute was widely reported as being “peaceful” and having “won” the air wars. Anti-racist protesters were either painted as violent or ignored entirely. News outlets chose to feature masked protesters in their photos, and to focus on violence: two or three fireworks shot at police (who responded with tear gas canisters), a scuffle among about 15 people, and a smashed camera. Most of these things happened within a span of 15 minutes.

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