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A reporter for a Redding news station was attacked during a live broadcast while reporting from the site of several apparent fentanyl overdoses in Chico, California, on Saturday.
KRCR reporter Meaghan Mackey was live-streaming from the scene of a mass drug overdose that left one person dead and sent at least 12 people to the hospital when the journalist’s broadcast was disrupted by voices off-camera.
As the Facebook Live rolled, a woman can be overheard saying, “This is disrespectful, do you understand that?” before another woman begins yelling, “Get the f— out of here.”
The screaming continues as the camera falls to the ground and the video ends. KRCR removed the video from its Facebook page, which was re-posted on Facebook and by some media outlets.
Mackey responded to the incident on her Twitter page Sunday.
“As many of you know, I was attacked and assaulted at the scene of a mass overdose in Chico, California last night,” she wrote. “I was doing my job, reporting the facts on a major incident during a Facebook live for my news station @KCRC7.”
Mackey went on to thank law enforcement, her colleagues, viewers, friends and family for support. “I am still shaken up, but am doing okay,” she wrote. “I stand with all journalists working in defense of the truth.”
“I will not live in fear of doing my job,” she continued. “I value the freedom of the press & will continue to report on the truth and inform the public, even during times of tragedy.”
KRCR also responded to the incident on Twitter. The statement read: “As many of you know, our reporter Meaghan Mackey was attacked while at the scene of a mass overdose in Chico tonight. Meaghan is very shaken up but is okay. We are thankful law enforcement was right there and handled the situation quickly. We appreciate all your kind words.”
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