Nearly 70 reporters and citizen journalists have been arrested across the U.S. while covering the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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.
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!!
Chris Burnett interviews Santa Cruz Indymedia photojournalist Bradley Stuart Allen, who’s facing a felony conspiracy for publishing photos of an Occupy demonstration.
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.
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.
“It is wholly inappropriate, and indeed unconstitutional, for a public prosecutor to single out representatives of a disfavored news organization for prosecution.”
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.