Davey D Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen on KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio

We are seeing something that is very chilling, when you have folks who are un-bought and un-bossed, being told that they are not journalists, because they didn’t want to pick up and go along with the party line.

Hard Knock Radio is 94.1 FM KPFA’s daily drivetime Hip Hop Talk Show. It features hosts Davey D and Anita Johnson who hit the air everyday at 4pm offering news, views, breaks, and beats.

On the show for March 26th, Davey D speaks with Indybay reporter Bradley Stuart Allen, who’s looking at conspiracy charges over his coverage of the Occupy movement.

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Letter from Sherry Conable to Santa Cruz DA: Dismiss Charges – Bradley Stuart Allen

This is a shameful waste of taxpayers money, a black eye to the Constitution of the United States, and a terrible thing to put him through.

From: Sherry Conable
Date: March 27, 2012
To: [email protected]
Cc: Sherry Conable
Subject: Dismiss Charges – Bradley Stuart Allen

Bob Lee
District Attorney
County of Santa Cruz, CA

Dear Sir:

It is very disturbing to me that you are choosing to prosecute Bradley Stuart Allen in relation to the occupation of the vacant bank building at 75 River Street in November of 2011.

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Journalism Groups Protest Prosecution of Photojournalist

“It is wholly inappropriate, and indeed unconstitutional, for a public prosecutor to single out representatives of a disfavored news organization for prosecution.”

By Mickey Osterreicher — March 27, 2012
National Press Photographers Association

Today the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists sent a letter to the Santa Cruz DA stating they are “deeply concerned by your office’s decision to prosecute Bradley Stuart Allen, a longtime San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) contributor, as well as by assertions from your office that: (1) a reporter may be prosecuted for conspiracy simply by providing coverage of a newsworthy event and (2) Indybay is not a bona fide news organization.”  Mr. Allen was charged with felony conspiracy along with vandalism and trespassing for his coverage of an “Occupy” demonstration late last year.

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Society of Professional Journalists letter to Santa Cruz DA in support of Indybay reporter Bradley Stuart Allen

Taking photographs, gathering information about a planned event and disseminating a report to a public audience should not be characterized as criminal conspiracy; instead, these activities make up the basic process of news gathering.

Bob Lee, Santa Cruz County District Attorney
701 Ocean Street, Room 200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

By First Class Mail

Dear Mr. Lee:

We are deeply concerned by your office’s decision to prosecute Bradley Stuart Allen, a longtime San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (“Indybay”) contributor, as well as by assertions from your office that: (1) a reporter may be prosecuted for conspiracy simply by providing coverage of a newsworthy event and (2) Indybay is not a bona fide news organization.

SPJ is especially disturbed that your office is prosecuting Allen for conspiracy on the grounds that by covering the occupation, he was acting in concert with the protesters. Your theory is a dangerous threat to the freedom of the press. The information available to us indicates that there is no evidence Allen acted in concert with the protesters; he was merely reporting on their activities. The imposition of criminal conspiracy liability on journalists based solely on their reporting of criminal activities would chill the very acts of news gathering and dissemination that the First Amendment was designed to protect.[1]

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Periodistas de Indybay acusados de delito grave: Conspiración para hacer los medios

Discriminación por opinión y procesamiento selectivo contra periodistas independientes.

SANTA CRUZ, CA — El Fiscal Bob Lee ha iniciado un ataque frontal y total contra los medios independientes de Santa Cruz al incluir cuatro colaboradores regulares de Indybay.org en el grupo de once personas acusadas de múltiples delitos graves y delitos menores después de la ocupación de un edificio bancario vacío el 30 de noviembre de 2011. Al parecer, el Fiscal Lee cree que es su deber dictar cómo los medios deben reportar eventos tales como la ocupación del banco ubicado en la calle River 75. Si la cobertura no cuenta con su aprobación, los periodistas corren el riesgo de que la Fiscalía presente cargos en su contra.

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