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SPJ demands Texas Department of Public Safety drop charges and arrest warrant against Fox 7 News photojournalist


4/29/2024


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Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, SPJ National President, ashanti.blaize@gmail.com
Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Specialist, ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists demands the felony assault charge against Carlos Sanchez, a Fox 7 Austin photographer arrested while covering protests at the University of Texas Austin, be dropped immediately. Sanchez was originally charged with criminal trespass but the charges were dropped last Thursday upon his release from jail.

“It’s crystal clear from every angle of videos capturing the incident that Sanchez did not intentionally hit anyone while covering protests at the University of Texas at Austin last week,” said SPJ National President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins. “This is such a dangerous escalation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and it feels like the agency is trying to send a message to journalists across the state who are covering this highly publicized and developing story.”

SPJ continues to call on all law enforcement agencies to allow journalists to report on this developing story without interference.

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