What Journalists Should Know Before A Potential Trump Indictment

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The Radio Television Digital News Association is urging all journalists to be cautious and vigilant after former President Donald Trump called for protesters to “take our nation back” ahead of his anticipated indictment and arrest, perhaps as early as this week.

As we have seen on previous occasions, calls to action, like this, often have been answered by some who don’t respect or value journalists or our professions, for various reasons. Often journalists are sought out as targets of harassment or physical violence.

RTDNA has several training materials available for journalists that will help them report as safely as possible during times of civil unrest. You can view those resources here.

Additionally, in this politically charged environment, it is as important as ever that journalists adhere to RTDNA’s Code of Ethics. RTDNA has released guidelines on Covering Civil Unrest that we encourage everyone to review as events unfold.

We hope there is no violence as a result of whatever happens this week or in the future. But we believe strongly that journalists always must be prepared.


JJ Green Dan Shelley                                                              
Chair, RTDNA Safety Committee President and CEO, RTDNA