No longer neutral: Canadian journalists shocked by level of hatred, verbal harassment and physical confrontations while covering protests

No longer neutral: Canadian journalists shocked by level of hatred, verbal harassment and physical confrontations while covering protests. By Salmaan Farooqui.

A group representing Canadian journalists says it is shocked by the level of hatred, verbal harassment and physical confrontations some news reporters have experienced while covering protests against public-health measures cross the country.

Brent Jolly, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, said some form of hostility has always been a part of the job. But the scale of hate on display during the recent protests is unprecedented. …

Glen McGregor, a CTV News journalist in the parliamentary press gallery, said protesters have been hurling obscenities at him and disrupting his live broadcasts since he first started covering the demonstrations in Ottawa. But he said people became more hateful as the protest went on, with one person spitting in his direction during a live broadcast that had to be shut down earlier this week.

“Every time we had to go on camera, there was a little bit of dread because we knew we were going to be facing this,” said Mr. McGregor, noting his colleagues have been told to kill themselves and one reporter for a French-language broadcaster was shoved from behind while reporting live. …

McGregor said the outright hostility also makes it difficult for reporters to tell the protesters’ side of the story, since many of them don’t want to engage.

“We want to hear their voice and understand their perspective, but we can’t do that because they’ve bought into this idea that we won’t tell the truth,” he said.

Really, I can’t imagine why.

Glenn Reynolds:

Identify with the oppressive regime, get treated like lackeys of the oppressive regime.