Portland based Journalist critical of Antifa flees US amid threats as ‘Political Refugee,’ decades after his parents arrived as asylum seekers

Portland based Journalist critical of Antifa flees US amid threats as ‘Political Refugee,’ decades after his parents arrived as asylum seekers

Journalist Andy Ngo, whose parents fled to the US from Vietnam in 1978, has become a political refugee himself, fleeing to London, saying he received death threats from Antifa over his coverage of the movement.

“For a number of months now, there’s just been increasing threats of violence against me, promises by Antifa Terrorist to kill me,” the Portland native said Saturday night in a Sky News interview. 

Local law enforcement authorities did nothing about the alleged threats, even when Ngo provided names of the suspects, he said.

“It’s pained me a lot, temporarily having to leave the country and home that settled my parents who came there as political refugees,” Ngo added.

Ngo came to increased prominence after he was attacked by a mob of Antifa protesters in 2019. 

There have been no arrests in connection with that attack – in which Ngo was beaten, robbed and hospitalized with a brain injury – even though it was caught on camera from various angles and the journalist’s lawyer provided names of suspects to police.

Some Antifa members have condemned Ngo for “enabling fascism” and exposing them to danger by reporting their names and posting their arrest photos. 

He was vilified by Rolling Stone magazine, which branded him as a “right-wing troll” and said he tries to “demonize” Antifa.

Hatred towards Ngo apparently escalated even further with the upcoming publication of his book, ‘Unmasked’, which chronicles Antifa’s history of violence and its “radical plan to destroy democracy.”

Powell’s City of Books, the Portland retailer which is touted as the world’s largest independent bookstore, was targeted by protesters after saying earlier this month that it would refuse to stock Ngo’s tome on its shelves but would continue selling it online. 

Demonstrations outside the flagship Powell’s store in Portland were sometimes violent and dragged on for at least a week, forcing the massive retailer to close early and evacuate employees and customers out the back door.

The protests, which some observers called “modern-day book burning,” may have had an unintended consequence by bringing more attention to ‘Unmasked’. 

The book, which is scheduled for release on 2nd February, is already the No. 1 seller in several political categories on Amazon.com. 

At one point earlier this month, it was the overall top seller by the online behemoth.

Over the years, Media outlets have gained a level of trust and accountability. Unfortunately, we have seen time after time that this image has been abused and they have become partisan outlets for political and strategical gains. I believe that the first job of a journalist is to deliver the news impartially and outlets have to distinguish between news broadcasting and opinion delivery.

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