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by Megan Tady
During last month’s G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, which brought together finance ministers and central bank heads from 20 countries, more than 600 people were rounded up and arrested during peaceful public demonstrations. Among those arrested, and in some cases physically abused, by police were journalists—many of whom were clearly wearing the press badges of their affiliated media outlets.
The violence and scare tactics leveled at protesters in the streets of Toronto—and the increased militarized protection these summits request—is frightening. (The security price tag for the recent summit is an estimated $1 billion, the highest ever for an international summit.) And the attacks on journalists trying to bear witness to the summit are chilling.