Tuesday, September 02, 2008

In by email:

September 2, 2008

For Immediate Release

Craig Aaron, Free Press, (202) 265-1490, x25

Free Press Calls for Charges to Be Dropped Against Amy Goodman, Independent Journalists

Mayor, police must stop arrests of reporters covering protests at Republican National Convention

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.

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."


Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. Learn more at www.freepress.net

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I met Amy Goodman, Phil Donahue, Bob Edgars and others while attending the Free Press Event in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 6 - 8.

Steven G. Erickson footage of Amy Goodman:

Steven G. Erickson and Francis C. P. Knize interview Bob Edgar, President Common Cause:

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com


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My friends email me from the Minneapolis Uptake Media center [post]

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I interview one of the founders of Uptake while in Minneapolis June 6 - 8, here:


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