02 September 2008

VIDEO NEWS Numerous journalists detained and arrested during Repulican National Convention (RNC). Say NO to martial law, NOW!!

Coverage of events by TheUptake.org:
Police swarm and seize bus along I-94 in St. Paul
National Lawyers Guild: "Raids Unwarranted".
Activist hints that police burglarized her home while she was detained
Fence can't keep journalist Amy Goodman from police.
Inside Anarchists HQ After Raid
Police bust through attic to detain "Democracy Now" journalist

Free Press Calls for Charges to Be Dropped Against Amy Goodman, Independent Journalists (FreePress.net)
... FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Date: September 2, 2008. Contact: Craig Aaron, Free Press, (202) 265-1490, x25. WASHINGTON -- Today Free Press, the national, nonpartisan media reform group, called on St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and local law enforcement officials to drop all charges against all journalists arrested while covering protests outside the Republican National Convention. Those arrested Monday include Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and two producers from her show, as well as a photographer from the Associated Press. Other independent journalists have been pepper-sprayed and even held at gunpoint during "pre-emptive" raids aimed at disrupting protesters. This follows the arrest of an ABC News producer at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. - FreePress.net

Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now! Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC (DemocracyNow.org)
... ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press. Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul. - DemocracyNow.org

VIDEO Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC:

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