Saturday, September 20, 2008

Reporters Arrested at RNC See Charges Dropped

Over two dozen reporters who were arrested at the Republican National Convention in early September saw their charges dropped. Those arrested included Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! program, which is also broadcast on cable TV stations such as LinkTV.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Friday that the city attorney's office recommended against prosecuting reporters for the misdemeanor charge. He said:
"This decision reflects the values we have in St. Paul to protect and promote our First Amendment rights to freedom of the press. At the scene, the police did their duty in protecting public safety. In this decision, we are serving the public's interest to maintain the integrity of our democracy, system of justice and freedom of the press."
What? If you watch or listen to the footage provided by Democracy Now! in terms of Goodman's arrest as well as Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, they were clearly wearing their Press badges, yet were shoved to the ground, bloodied, and even had their badges stripped from them.

In other words, what freedom of the press? It seems suspiciously like this was done strictly to reduce the publicity of the protests at the RNC. In a blog post at Democracy Now's site, Goodman said:
“It’s good that these false charges have finally been dropped, but we never should have been arrested to begin with. These violent and unlawful arrests disrupted our work and had a chilling effect on the reporting of dissent. Freedom of the press is also about the public’s right to know what is happening on their streets. There needs to be a full investigation of law enforcement activities during the convention.”
It's also interesting that St. Paul made the RNC buy insurance covering up to $10 million in lawsuits.

Watch the footage of Goodman's ridiculous arrest below:


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Butch Up news people. If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen. Freedom of the press is not a license to do what you want, when you want, where you want.

Why is is that I did not see a similar amount of "liberal" press ranting and raving like lunatics when the Fox reporters were roughed up in Detriot? Oh yeah, the media has a liberal bias. Anyone in the media that is offended, oh well. Freedom of Speech Protects me..

While I do not agree with their arrests, I also do not agree that the arrest of "some" jounralist inhinbts the ability to cover the protest, as I doubt every single journalist there was arrested. It comes across like sour grapes that other news outlets got the story not YOU. Boo F'ing Hoo... So, this time antoher liberal A'hole gets to try and influence the people. Boo Hoo... this voting citizen could not care less. If you do not like the freedoms here, I wish we could transport you to Iraq when Saddam was there. If that were to happen, the US media would get a clue to what our freedoms really mean. maybe then, they'd quit abusing the freedom the press does have.

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I do not agree with their arrests, I also do not agree that the arrest of "some" jounralist inhinbts the ability to cover the protest, as I doubt every single journalist there was arrested.