A man armed with a sword and an ax entered the headquarters of The New York Times newspaper

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A spokesman for the local police explained in statements collected by NBC that the person wanted to enter the newsroom of the famous newspaper to speak with unidentified people from the newspaper

A man armed with a sword and an ax entered The New York Times headquarters

A man armed with a sword and an an ax entered the headquarters of The New York Times newspaper. (REUTERS)

A man armed with a sword and an axe was detained on Thursday by security personnel at the building of the US newspaper The New York Timesafter he requested to speak to several journalists.

With “a knife in one hand and a stuffed animal in the other,” the man entered the tabloid's headquarters on Manhattan's Eighth Avenue, a New York police spokesman said. p>

The New York Police explained in statements reported by the NBC chain that the person wanted to enter the newsroom of the famous newspaper, located in Manhattan, to speak with unidentified people from the newspaper.

After being arrested for building security, the man handed over his weaponswithout incident and was held until the arrival of the police. Later, he was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The event takes place at a time when journalists in the United States have become increasingly the target of violence in recent years.

A man armed with a sword and an ax entered The New York Times newspaper headquarters

The New York Police explained in statements collected by the NBC network that the person wanted to enter the newsroom of the famous newspaper, located in Manhattan, to speak with unidentified people from the newspaper. (REUTERS)

On the day of the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, several journalists were attacked while working. And, most recently, a Las Vegas city elected official was accused of allegedly stabbing a journalist to death after she wrote critical articles against him, The Hill reported.

The Press Freedom Observatory in the United States investigates at least 280 complaints of press freedom violations throughout the country.

The Journalists Protection Committee(CPJ, for its acronym in English), which is a founding member of the observatory, said that during the demonstrations that have taken place since last year some 45 journalists have been detained and “dozens” have been sprayed with pepper spray, tear gas or bullets. rubber.

“CPJ is appalled by the continued use of force and violent practices by police and towards journalists. We call for the press not to be targeted,” the committee said

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said the reality right now is that “aggressive and militarized” practices in much of the country are being combined with growing numbers of protesters hostile to traditional media.

A man armed with a sword and an ax entered the headquarters of The New York Times newspaper

The event takes place at a time when in which journalists in the United States have become increasingly the targets of violence in recent years. (REUTERS)

“All of this has made covering the protests an increasingly dangerous task,” Simon warned.

Via his website , CPJ tracks cases of violence against the press and reports can be seen from, for example, several journalists in Denver (Colorado) who claim to have been attacked with pepper balls, projectiles used to disperse protesters and which leave stinging in the affected area.

CPJ has also warned of attacks against the cars of the media outlets covering the mobilizations and of persecutions by protesters of journalists from outlets such as< i> Fox News.

(With information from Europa Press and EFE)

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