The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) condemns the repeated attacks on journalists during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Journalists should never be subjected to verbal abuse, physical threats and destruction of news gathering equipment while reporting the news.

We applaud the courage of members of the press who put themselves in harm’s way during the siege of the Capitol and continued to do their work in dangerous conditions.

Additionally, SABEW is concerned that an assault on Congress is an assault on democracy and all of government, including the agencies and organizations that financial journalists rely upon for economic data, which is essential to the functioning of our free enterprise system.

Journalists are truth tellers, not “enemies of the people” as some of the protestors chanted on Jan. 6. The public deserves to know the truth about this attack on America’s democracy.