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People stand around media equipment destroyed outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: CAMILLE CAMDESSUS/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department has begun arresting individuals who attacked reporters or damaged their equipment during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The government's crackdown against attacks on reporters marks a changing of the tide, where journalists are starting to feel that there is some renewed protection after a year of attacks.

  • The Justice Department said last month that it will no longer secretly seize reporters' records, following revelations that the Trump administration obtained the phone records of journalists for the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.

Driving the news: The first charge against somebody who attacked a journalist came last week when Shane Jason Woods of Illinois was charged with engaging in violence on the Capitol grounds and was caught on video knocking down a cameraman, per The Post.

  • On Thursday, FBI agents arrested Joshua Dillon Haynes of Virginia, who was charged with smashing journalists' equipment outside the Capitol.
  • Haynes was the fifth person arrested in connection with attacks on the media in less than a week, The Post reports.
  • There is no federal law specifically against attacking a journalist. The Justice Department is charging individuals who attacked journalists or their gear on Jan. 6 with committing violence at the Capitol or destroying property on the Capitol grounds.

Flashback: Last year, journalists were arrested while covering protests, targeted with tear gas by authorities and endured relentless verbal attacks from former President Trump, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.

What they're saying: "These charges send a very clear message that the Justice Department will protect journalists who are doing their jobs to keep us informed," Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, told The Post.

Go deeper: Journalism enters dangerous new era

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Oct 8, 2021 - World

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Maria Ressa (L) and Dmitry Muratov. Photos: Dimitrios Kambouris/TIME; Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

Dissident journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression," which the Nobel Committee described as "a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."

  • Ressa, who co-founded the Philippine news site Rappler in 2012, has been prosecuted for her reporting on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government's deadly anti-drug campaign.
  • Muratov is the founder of Novaya Gazeta, described by the committee as "the most independent newspaper in Russia today."

Jan. 6 select committee subpoenas "Stop the Steal" organizers

Trump supporters gather for the "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 select committee has issued additional subpoenas to the organizers of the "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the Capitol riots, Chair Bennie G. Thompson announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The "Stop the Steal" event was promoted leading up to the deadly Jan. 6 riot, with endorsement from then-President Trump. Attendees of the rally marched to the U.S. Capitol, where rioters violently breached the building disrupting the counting of the electoral college vote.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
41 mins ago - Economy & Business

Why it's so hard to tax wealth

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The wealth tax that wasn't a wealth tax isn't even a tax, now. The Democrats had a meticulously constructed 107-page proposal to pay for a large chunk of their spending plans with a tax on billionaires, but it died ignobly on Wednesday, the same day it was unveiled.

Why it matters: The dream of a wealth tax will never die as it so neatly generates revenue by reducing inequality. But there are three main reasons why that dream is likely to remain just a dream for the foreseeable future.