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Police In Ferguson Have Continually Attacked And Harassed Journalists

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Police advance through smoke Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

The assault and arrest of reporters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night is perhaps the most egregious example of a continual pattern of police harassment that journalists covering the unrest in the St. Louis suburb have faced.

The challenges that reporters are dealing with are, of course, minimal compared to those of the residents of Ferguson, which has seen days of unrest following the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. But they nonetheless are examples of severe press intimidation.

Journalists have faced tear gas:

They have been assaulted and arrested:

They have had guns drawn on them:

They have been threatened for trying to report:

They have been hit by rubber bullets:

They have been ordered to stop filming:

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