A woman is arrested during protest at Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. (AP/VOA News)
It seems like Beijing, but its not. More journalists have been arrested covering the conventions than at any time that I can remember. This time, at the Republican Convention.
The St. Paul police department has targeted journalists, including Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!.
Police with firearms drawn also raided a meeting of the video journalists’ group I-Witness and arrested independent media, bloggers and videomakers.
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The arrests are having a chilling effect on free speech in America.
Many in the mainstream media are ignoring these attacks on journalism — and some independent media makers are still in jail.
There’s a petition going around demanding that press intimidation cease immediately. 35,000 people have already signed the letter being circulated by Freepress.net
Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, made the following statement:
“We condemn the arrest and harassment of journalists before and during the Republican National Convention. We call on the mayor, district attorney and police chief to rein in the overly aggressive — and even violent — tactics of law enforcement. Arresting and detaining journalists for doing their jobs is a gross violation of free speech and freedom of the press. We call for the immediate release of any journalists being held in the Twin Cities and for all charges to be dropped immediately. Reporting by independent journalists is the only way for the American public to learn the full story, and they must be free to do their jobs without intimidation.”
As a journalist myself, I am outraged that the First Amendment is being disregarded by individuals with a hidden agenda!
The intimidation by the police on journalists must be stopped!
Take action at: FreePress.net!