January 20, 2021

The News Photographers Association of Canada reacts to an attack by a photojournalist

Vancouver, BC, Jan. 6, 2021 / CNW / – In the last hours, days, weeks and months, the power of the visual journal is still unclear. Members of the News Photographers Association Canada (NPAC) strongly condemns and calls for criminal action in today’s attack on a Canadian photojournalist Ben Nelmes, Who was at work covering a pro-Trump rally Vancouver.

Nelms, a photographer and videographer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), was on duty at a rally in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The award-winning photojournalist, the current Canadian news photographer, was stabbed in the face and attacked in a completely unprovoked attack by protesters. The attack took place in front of a crowd.

In an era where names like “fake news” undermine the integrity of journalists around the world, we see the real, tangible consequences of a concerted effort to create distrust between the public and the press. ” Says NPAC chairman Crystal Schick. “The informed public needs a free press. Photojournalists, reporters and editors are bound by ethics structured on the basis of truth, accuracy, humanity and accountability. The attack on Mr. Nelmes simply underscores the challenge our colleagues face in doing. Jobs, this incident is not acceptable. Captured by many media outlets including Nelms, we insist on it Vancouver Police to identify this person and take immediate action to charge. “

There were also additional physical assaults on members of the working media Washington DC, Underestimating the important work done by those journalists and visual journalists United Nations Today.

“This is totally unacceptable.” Says Shik. “We connect with professional companies in our voice United Nations In support of those journalists and their important work. “

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About NPAC:

Celebrates Quality and Ethical Photography at NPAC Magazine and makes Champions. Through various initiatives, the association challenges its members to improve themselves and continue to raise the bar of industry standards.

This national organization includes more than 300 professional magazines and documentary photographers, photo editors and photojournalism students. Canada.

SOURCE News Photographers Association Canada

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