SAJA-AAJA Media Advisory on Coverage of Indianapolis Fedex Facility Shooting


We are concerned about reports Tuesday that the Minnesota state police threatened to arrest journalists covering the protests if they did not leave. This growing nationwide trend among law enforcement agencies is unacceptable. The police should not be threatening journalists for doing their jobs. As journalism organizations, we stand together to defend reporters on the streets who are covering the news as the eyes and ears of the people.

We encourage and urge all police offices to respect our jobs and not threaten working journalists or peaceful protesters, both of whom are protected by the First Amendment, with arrest.

AAJA Joins Minnesota Chapter and SPJ-Minnesota in Denouncing Targeting and Detention of Journalists Doing Their Jobs


We are concerned about reports Tuesday that the Minnesota state police threatened to arrest journalists covering the protests if they did not leave. This growing nationwide trend among law enforcement agencies is unacceptable. The police should not be threatening journalists for doing their jobs. As journalism organizations, we stand together to defend reporters on the streets who are covering the news as the eyes and ears of the people.

We encourage and urge all police offices to respect our jobs and not threaten working journalists or peaceful protesters, both of whom are protected by the First Amendment, with arrest.

Joint Statement on Freedom of the Press Covering Protests in Minnesota


We are concerned about reports Tuesday that the Minnesota state police threatened to arrest journalists covering the protests if they did not leave. This growing nationwide trend among law enforcement agencies is unacceptable. The police should not be threatening journalists for doing their jobs. As journalism organizations, we stand together to defend reporters on the streets who are covering the news as the eyes and ears of the people.

We encourage and urge all police offices to respect our jobs and not threaten working journalists or peaceful protesters, both of whom are protected by the First Amendment, with arrest.

AAJA Statement on the January 6 Attack on Congress and Ongoing Violence Against and Vilification of Journalists


In the wake of the violent attack on Congress last week that was spurred by disinformation about the 2020 election results and amid threats of violence timed with the presidential inauguration, AAJA reaffirms the crucial role of journalists in ensuring an informed and engaged citizenry in a democracy.

AAJA joins AAJA-Asia in Expressing Concern about Haze Fan Detention


The Asian American Journalists Association joins our Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) in expressing serious concerns about the arrest of Haze Fan, a Chinese-national working for Bloomberg News in Beijing, and asks for Chinese authorities to be transparent of the charges against Fan and to ensure that her rights to legal assistance are upheld. Fan has been missing … Continue reading AAJA joins AAJA-Asia in Expressing Concern about Haze Fan Detention

AAJA-LA and AAJA National Statement on the Arrest of Josie Huang


September 13, 2020 On Saturday night, Sept. 12, AAJA-LA member and KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies for allegedly “obstructing justice.” Huang was covering the shooting of two deputies in Compton. She was released overnight with visible bruises, KPCC reported.  We stand in support of our fellow Asian American … Continue reading AAJA-LA and AAJA National Statement on the Arrest of Josie Huang

AAJA Joins Press Freedom Groups In Calling For Journalists Rights and Safety


The Asian American Journalists Association joins press freedom groups calling for journalists’ rights and safety in light of incidents related to nationwide protests. Over the past two days, AAJA signed on to letters led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Press Club calling for full protection of journalists as … Continue reading AAJA Joins Press Freedom Groups In Calling For Journalists Rights and Safety