The New York Post loves doxxing protestors

A detailing of how the Post manufactures anti-protest misinformation and what you can do about it.

  1. The Tipster
  2. The Reframe
  3. The Dox
  4. The Intent

The Tipster

It is not uncommon for the NYPD, through their official public relations networks, to notify local outlets of breaking news. When a courthouse cop committed suicide in the bathroom of Family Court, it was the New York Post that was first to get the grim details. For activists, the process is much more suspect. Unnamed “sources” provide details — often wrong — following a demonstration wherein protestors are detained.

The Reframe

Any article in the Post positions itself in a puritanical framework. Remember that EMT who had an OnlyFans page to help her make rent? The story there is about an essential worker doing the hardest job in a pandemic who relied on unconventional modes of income because she wasn’t being paid enough saving lives. The story the Post went with was one of pearl-clutching hysteria about the prospect of someone coming to save your life who also wears lingerie. The Post framed the EMT as something dirty and despicable, as if what someone does when they’re not restarting your heart matters to you when you’re in the middle of cardiac arrest.

The Dox

As I noted at the top of this piece, I use the term “doxxing” in a fairly broad framework. The Post doesn’t literally publish someone’s exact address, but they publish enough that you could likely find it on your own, and many activists have told me that is exactly what has happened following coverage by the Post.

  • The information is beneficial to the general welfare of society; i.e., a whistleblower exclusive about unsafe working conditions at their workplace
  • The information improves the public’s understanding of a broader issue; i.e., undercover footage captured at an abortion clinic where practitioners are forced to tell patients anti-abortion propaganda to pressure them out of undergoing an abortion
  • The information increases accountability and transparency; i.e., ProPublica’s release of civilian complaints against NYPD officers whether they’ve been investigated or not, or tax documents for a major corporation are published
  • The information corrects a significant wrong; i.e., A politician claims to have never sent explicit texts to an underaged person and the texts are published showing the contrary.

The Intent

Behind every Post article about BLM demonstrations or anti-fascist demonstrators is an intent to harass and intimidate others. Remember when I mentioned people at jail support wondering if arrestees had been doxxed by the Post yet? That’s their goal. They’re working with the NYPD to scare people away from getting involved because it runs the risk of totally fucking up your life. Imagine applying for your dream job and the interviewer googles your name and sees headlines calling you a violent rioter, a “rich kid” who got “busted” in a “BLM rampage.” The fear of that — as well as you and your family facing insurmountable harassment — is what gives people pause.

So what can you do to help keep countless protestors safe against the coordinated efforts of the NYPD and the New York Post to intimidate, harass, and dox people as they pursue their First Amendment rights?

As of today, there’s a shiny new website that just launched seeking to enact policy that changes how and when the NYPD can publish or leak the names, mugshots, and addresses of private individuals arrested at a protest:



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