Media members react to arrest of CNN crew: 'Unacceptable attack on the free press'

Media members reacted swiftly on Friday after Minnesota state police arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez.

One reporter called the arrest "an unacceptable attack on the free press" after Jimenez and his camera crew were arrested on live television while covering protests that have erupted across Minneapolis following the violent arrest and death of George Floyd earlier this week.

The crew was later released.


"You're under arrest," one officer said in the middle of the report on the protests that have erupted in Minneapolis.

"OK, do you mind telling me why I'm under arrest? Why am I under arrest, sir?” Jimenez can be heard asking.

"You're arresting him live on CNN. We told you before we're with CNN," one member of the CNN crew could be heard saying off-camera while filming.

Police say Jimenez and his crew were told to move and did not, prompting the arrests, per CNN.com.

Journalists quickly took to Twitter to voice their outrage, including Trey Yingst, a Fox News correspondent.

“FOX News Channel has always supported the First Amendment and this instance is no different,” the network said in a statement sent to The Hill. “We denounce the detainment of the CNN crew and stand with them in protecting the right to report without fear or favor.”





CNN's John Berman reported on "New Day" one hour after the arrest that Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Former Minnesota Democratic leader quits party Minnesota to close bars, restaurants, gyms for four weeks: report MORE (D-Minn.) apologized to CNN President Jeff Zucker while promising to release Jimenez and his crew.

Updated: 12:50 p.m.