Journalists in Handcuffs at the RNC

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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.

“I was down on the convention floor interviewing delegates when I
heard that two of our producers had been arrested,” said Goodman. “I ran down
to Jackson and 7th Street, where the police had moved in.”

Goodman said that when she ran up to find out what was going on,
she was also arrested.

“They seriously manhandled me and handcuffed my hands behind my
back. The top ID [at the convention] is to get on the floor and the Secret
Service ripped that off me. I had my Democracy Now! ID too. I was clearly a

… During the demonstration in which the
Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray,
rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and
journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action,
including a photographer for the Associated Press.

Amy Goodman and other
reporters arrested, preventative detention of protesters, protesters
injured..thousands demonstrate....hear the latest reports on the Convention
Police State on No Lies Radio....and we will have coverage from the Ron Paul
counter convention.

Amy Goodman is
out and her show went on as planned this morning. You can hear or
watch it here.
The tape of her producer getting plowed over by police while
screaming "Press, press!" is gripping and kind of hard to watch. It
happens about 9 minutes into the episode.

is more about Amy Goodman and the myth of free press:

-----Original Message-----
From: Kate Stayman-London, CREDO
Action [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008
4:45 PM
To: David Andrews
Subject: Journalists in handcuffs
at the RNC.

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is America. We don't jail journalists here.

A free press is
supposed to be a cornerstone of our democracy. But journalists are being
arrested at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Award winning
journalist and host of "Democracy Now" Amy Goodman was arrested by
St. Paul police while covering a protest outside the Republican National
Convention. Though clearly identified as press, Goodman was charged with "obstruction
of a legal process and interference with a 'peace officer.'" Two of her
producers were arrested for "suspicion of felony riot."

won't believe how upsetting this arrest was until you see it. Click here to
watch the video, then take action.

Goodman and her
producers were released last night. (An AP photographer was also arrested and
released). But the charges are still pending.

Amazingly, this
story has been virtually ignored by the mainstream press. The cable channels
are providing extensive coverage of events related to the Republican National
Convention, but there has been a virtual news blackout on the arrest of Amy
Goodman and the "Democracy Now" team.

Americans deserve to
know that journalists are being jailed for trying to do their jobs. We must
demand that CNN and MSNBC include this story in their coverage of the RNC.

here to e-mail CNN President Jonathan Klein and NBC News President Steve
Capus to demand coverage of this brutally important story.

for working to
build a better world.

Kate Stayman-London,
Campaign Manager
from Working Assets

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