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5:39 p.m. ET, May 1, 2024

Student journalists assaulted, others arrested as protests on college campuses turn violent

Excerpt from CNN’s Hadas Gold

A Columbia Journalism student journalist shows his sign as he covers events at Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall on Tuesday, April 30.

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Journalists tasked with covering violent unrest on college campuses across the United States have been assaulted, arrested and barred from entering as police moved in to quell pro-Palestinian protesters who were setting up encampments and barricading themselves at the interior of buildings.

On some university campuses, access has been restricted to students only, making student journalists the only reliable news outlets covering protests and clashes.

Anna Dai-Liu, UCLA Journal, Daily Bruin, Science and Health Editor


At University of California, Los Angeles, Journalists from the student newspaper The Daily Bruin said they were violently attacked during Tuesday night’s clashes, including being followed, slapped and sprayed with irritants, the newspaper said. Student editor Dai-Liu told CNN she was gassed and other student journalists were assaulted, with one taken to emergency care.

The newspaper did not say who attacked the student journalists, but the violence came as counter-protesters, some of whom supported Israel, clashed with pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

Hundreds of kilometers away, California State Polytechnic University, Humboldtthree journalists were arrested while covering protests on campus, according to local public radio, including a television reporter who was arrested while filming the protests.

HAS Columbia University In New York, journalists said they had no right to cover Tuesday night’s unrest as police in riot gear burst into a university building where protesters were barricaded, leading to more than 100 arrests.

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