University of Missouri Protesters Harass Photojournalists

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Mark Schierbecker/YouTube

Apparently the protesters’ success at forcing University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe to resign on Monday has already gone to their heads.

Students went from making demands on the University of Missouri, where they pay tuition, to telling press photographers they may not take pictures in public spaces.

Robert Cohen is a photojournalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Cohen was at Mizzou on Monday to cover the resignation and the events that followed. However, he quickly encountered student protesters who tried to tell him he was not allowed to take pictures despite the fact that he was outside and in a public space. He tweeted about the press harassment.

Cohen noted the irony:

When asked what might have prompted students to try and control the media in a public space, Cohen said he had no idea:

David Carson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, joined in with a word about constitutional rights:


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