Taylor Lorenz, a reporter for The Hill, was punched for recording the aftermath of the Charlottesville incident in which one woman was killed. She was only one of several journalists who was attacked.
Taylor Lorenz, a reporter for The Hill, saw a gray Dodge Charger whiz past her into a crowd of people in Charlottesville, killing a woman and injuring 19 others. As she tried to document the event, a shirtless man demanded that she stop recording. When she disregarded him, the man punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground. The man was charged with assault and battery. Lorenz was one of many journalists who found themselves in the line of danger during the clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters this month, the Poynter Institute reports.
Lorenz was not the only journalist targeted in Charlottesville, said Peter Sterne of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, who has been tracking incidents of journalists being assaulted and arrested this year. Two journalists reported being hit by water balloons filled with what smelled like urine. Others had close calls with pepper spray used by protesters. One photojournalist said he was nearly hit by the Dodge Charger, in what was such a close encounter that an attachment on his camera was knocked off by the speeding car before it plowed into people. Sterne said, “You are seeing both white nationalists and anti-fascist, counter-protesters — some of them — upset with coverage and lashing out at journalists.”