Support for arrested journalists

Such is the case with Bradley Stuart Allen, a freelance photographer who faces charges for documenting a building occupation.

Reporters Without Borders press freedom index

By Yael Chanoff — March 30, 2012
San Francisco Bay Guardian

Josh Stearns of Free Press has been tracking arrests of journalists covering Occupy protests since September. He tracks using news outlets, social media, and tips, and always reaches out to confirm the details with each journalist. He did this for me when I was arrested Jan. 28 covering Occupy Oakland.

According to Stearns, 70 journalists have been arrested while covering Occupy protests in 12 cities around the country.

In an annual survey of worldwide freedom of the press released Jan. 23 by Reporters without Borders, the United States ranks 47th, a fall from last year’s 20th place ranking. According to the group, the US “owed its fall of 27 places to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests.”

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Sixteen Thousand People Send Messages to Journalists Arrested During Occupy Protests

Nearly 70 reporters and citizen journalists have been arrested across the U.S. while covering the Occupy Wall Street movement.

By Josh Stearns — March 14, 2012
Free Press Action Fund

How should we respond to the unprecedented rise in attacks on freedom of the press we are witnessing worldwide?

From foreign correspondents and citizen reporters being targeted and killed in Syria to new cases of press suppression and intimidation here at home, recent months have provided a series of stark reminders about the risks journalists take to bring us the news we need.

However, we are also seeing the rise of a new era of journalism advocates — ordinary people in communities around the country who are standing up for our freedoms and taking action to protect the First Amendment. For too long we have taken the First Amendment for granted, but increasingly we are taking responsibility for it. In the last few months, more than 40,000 Free Press members sent letters and made phone calls to their mayors, demanding that charges be dropped for the nearly 70 journalists who have been arrested while trying to cover Occupy protests nationwide.

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Dennis Bernstein Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen and Ben Rice on KPFA’s Flashpoints

It certainly appears to be a decision by the District Attorney, to go after individuals that are not on their A-List, shall we say.

Flashpoints on KPFA Radio 94.1 is an award-winning daily investigative newsmagazine broadcast on the national Pacifica Radio network.

On March 29th, Dennis Bernstein speaks with Indybay reporter Bradley Stuart Allen, who has a jury trial on May 21st for felony conspiracy, vandalism and trespassing charges over his coverage of the Occupy movement, as well as Ben Rice, who is representing Bradley.

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Letter from Bob Fitch, Renowned Civil Rights Photographer, to Santa Cruz DA: Dismiss All Charges

Although my obvious editorial interests were peace, justice and labor issues, and was often labeled “alternative”, my status as “press” was always respected, never questioned!!

From: Bob Fitch
Date: March 28, 2012
To: [email protected]
Cc: Sam Farr, Luis Alejo, Don Lane, Katherine Beiers, Tony Madrigal

Mr. Lee – regarding prosecution of Bradley Allen for documenting an Occupy event —

I have been a globally published photojournalist for 50 years, on some occasions on assignment from conventional media like LIFE, LOOK, POST, and many times on assignment for “alternative” media like MOTIVE, RAMPARTS, WIN, MALCRIADO, NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER, YOUTH, and INDY MEDIA, etc.

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Chris Burnett Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen on KPFK’s Indymedia On Air

Chris Burnett interviews Santa Cruz Indymedia photojournalist Bradley Stuart Allen, who’s facing a felony conspiracy for publishing photos of an Occupy demonstration.

Indymedia On Air features voices from the global Indymedia.org network.

On the show for March 26th, Chris Burnett of the Los Angeles Independent Media Center and co-host of Indymedia On Air, interviews Santa Cruz Indymedia photojournalist Bradley Stuart Allen, who’s facing two felonies and two misdemeanors, including a felony conspiracy, for publishing photos of an Occupy demonstration.

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