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Student reporter gets a not-so-subtle threat: ‘STOP FILMING’ anti-Trump protests

‘CONSIDER THIS A WARNING’

Portland State University’s student media are covering the riots against President-elect Donald Trump in their city, and someone apparently doesn’t want the attention.

Mike Bivins, who writes for the Pacific Sentinel campus magazine and has been on a tear with video from the protests, got a threatening letter that ended:

STOP FILMING. CONSIDER THIS A WARNING.

His colleague at the Vanguard student paper, Andy Ngo, posted the flyer that Bivins received. It pretty baldly demands that student journalists stop reporting – which might incidentally help police identify suspects – and start advocating for the protesters’ causes.

Bivins said he got the same flyer as a direct message on Twitter, just in case the paper version wasn’t convincing enough.

Bivins said he also got the warning in person before someone decided to reinforce it with paper and digital copies.

As Ngo’s tweet referenced, the Portland Police Department said protesters had “attacked a film crew” overnight on Saturday.

Ngo told The College Fix in a Twitter message that the Vanguard hasn’t received any anonymous warnings like Bivins did.

Much of the violence in Portland has been blamed on the region’s anarchists – the Pacific Northwest has a vocal and protest-happy anarchist population – so it seems plausible that these are threats from anarchists, particularly given their police-specific demands.

Here’s one scene Bivins captured where protesters actually followed police as they were leaving.

And some run-of-the-mill wanton destruction.

Watch your back, Mike. Some people haven’t learned the message that photography is not a crime.

h/t Creative News Junkie

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” Previously he led media and public relations at Seattle’s Discovery Institute, a free-market think tank. Greg is developing a Web series about a college newspaper, COPY, whose pilot episode was a semifinalist in the TV category for the Scriptapalooza competition in 2012. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon.

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