The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary condemned a supporter of Donald Trump who lashed out and attacked a cameraman for the BBC through the president’s Monday night rally in El Paso, Texas.
“It is rarely acceptable when journalists and cameramen are attacked only for doing their job,” Hunt stated throughout a Tuesday interview with Sky News, Reuters reported. Pointing to violence towards journalists world wide, Hunt argued there was an even bigger downside past this single incident.
“There is a broader issue here which is that last year 80 journalists were killed across the world just for doing their job,” Hunt stated. “We are very worried about this.”
President Donald Trump speaks throughout a rally at El Paso County Coliseum, in El Paso, Texas, on February 11. The U.Ok. Foreign Secretary condemned a supporter of Donald Trump who lashed out and attacked a cameraman for the BBC through the president’s Monday night rally in El Paso. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The BBC’s Ron Skeans was attacked on Monday night, telling the BBC that he was shoved “very hard” from his blindside. “I did not know what was occurring,” he defined. The attacker was attending Trump’s rally and was sporting an iconic “Make America Great Again” (or MAGA) hat. He additionally cursed angrily on the journalist through the incident.
The BBC’s Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue describe the assault as “incredibly violent” in a radio interview, according to USA Today. “Fortunately, our cameraman is okay. He is made from stern stuff,” he stated.
To his credit score, Trump took discover of the incident and checked on Skeans, confirming he was alright with a thumbs up. “Everything OK?” the president requested. But many had been fast to level out that Trump has been one of many harshest critics of the media and has beforehand promoted violence throughout his rallies.
“It’s outrageous that a journalist was attacked while covering a presidential speech,” Alexandra Ellerbeck, the North America program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, stated in a press release, in keeping with Reuters. “We call on President Trump to moderate his rhetoric against the press and to state clearly that physically attacking media personnel is not acceptable.”
Supporters of the President Donald Trump collect to attend his rally in El Paso, Texas, on February 11 PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images
Trump has repeatedly referred to the media broadly as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people” at any time when he has grown annoyed with reviews he views as unfavourable. According to footage of the Monday night assault, the gang on the rally started chanting “CNN sucks!” because the perpetrator was dragged away by safety. CNN has develop into on of Trump’s hottest targets.
In October of final yr, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc was arrested and charged after he allegedly despatched mail bombs to quite a few critics of Trump, together with one to CNN that was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. Sayoc was reportedly a supporter of the president and had attended Trump rallies prior to now.