Journalists in Brazil attacked on Press Freedom day

Brazilian journalists were attacked, insulted and expelled from a Brasilia demonstration in favor of the Jair Bolsonaro government and against Congress and the Federal Supreme Court as the world observed press freedom day.

The photographer for the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, fell to the ground as his ladder was knocked off while taking Bolsonaro’s pictures at the event. He was surrounded by supporters of the president, who beat him and  shouted "out Estadão" and "garbage." A driver for the newspaper, who was with the team, was also attacked with a blow to the calf. 

A reporter was pushed and insulted when trying to defend Sampaio, according to local media reports. A reporter for Poder360 who also covered the event was kicked and was harassed several times, according to his publication.

Some of the journalists had to be escorted and removed from the demonstration in a Military Police vehicle. Even so, the protesters did not calm down and hit the car windows, according to another media report.

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