Reporters Caught in Summit Clashes
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GENOA, Italy (AP) _ Journalists became targets of both police and protesters in clashes that erupted Friday during the summit of the world’s industrialized nations. At least a half-dozen were injured.
One protester was killed during riots that occurred as demonstrators tried to break into the so-called ``red zone,″ a cordoned section intended to protect the summit leaders.
The violence involved small groups of protesters breaking away from tens of thousands involved in marches protesting globalization.
Associated Press Television News producer Sam Cole, a British citizen stationed in Rome, sustained a head wound when he was clubbed by police. Associated Press photographer Jerome Delay, based in Paris, fractured a rib when he was hit from behind by a demonstrator wielding a metal bar.
Also clubbed by police was a reporter for the Italian news agency AP.Biscom. The agency said the reporter, whose name they preferred not to disclose, had identified himself to police as a journalist and showed his summit press credentials.
Among others injured was Gamma Press agency’s Timothy Fadek, who said police beat him after throwing him to the ground while he photographed protesters hurling tear gas canisters. Fadek was treated for bruises and contusions on his arms and back.
The secretary of the Italian Journalists Union, Paolo Serventi Longhi, expressed his solidarity with the injured journalists, some of whom he said were ``unjustly beaten″ by the police.