NASW condemns arrest of journalist Omar Jimenez and CNN news crew

The National Association of Science Writers joins the National Association of Black Journalists in condemning today's arrest of journalist Omar Jimenez and CNN news crew as they covered protests in Minneapolis. Even after identifying themselves as journalists, the team was handcuffed and removed in violation of the First Amendment right to a free press.

Established in 1934, the National Association of Science Writers fosters the dissemination of accurate information regarding science by supporting the professional development of science writers. Membership is open to working journalists, PIOs, writers, authors, and other content creators, as well as students. Our community spans freelancers and employees working at newspapers, wire services, magazines, radio and television, and digital properties, as well as universities, agencies, and other institutions across the United States and beyond. Above all, NASW fights for the free flow of science news. To learn more, visit and follow us at

Recent Statements from Other Journalism Organizations:

National Association of Black Journalists:

Twin Cities Black Journalists and Minnesota SPJ Chapter:

CNN Recording of Omar Jimenez Arrest:

May. 29, 2020

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