Goodman Says Attacks on Journalists Are A Threat To Democracy

This link is to an article in TruthDig in which Amy Goodman discusses her experiences of being arrested with her colleagues at the RNC.  She thinks that the police targeted journalists.

“The attack on and arrest of me and the “Democracy Now!” producers was not an isolated event. A video group called I-Witness Video was raided two days earlier. Another video documentary group, the Glass Bead Collective, was detained, with its computers and video cameras confiscated. On Wednesday, I-Witness Video was again raided, forced out of its office location. When I asked St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington how reporters are to operate in this atmosphere, he suggested, ‘By embedding reporters in our mobile field force.’”  Read the rest here.

The corporate media established a dreadful precedent by allowing reporters to be embedded with the military during the invasion of Iraq and since.  The image of Ted Koppell in fatigues and helmet lives in my mind.  How can a reporter do his job when he looks like a soldier?  The only viewpoint he or she can have is the one the Bush regime wanted US citizens to have.  Those who rely on traditional media here still don’t know what the situation is there.

police_gasmask.jpg  Do journalists and protestors require suppressing with poison gasses?

RNC_police.jpg Is it really credible that all those plastic handcuffs are intended for anyone other than US citizens engaged in either protest or reporting on protest?  Do we Americans really believe that a serious enemy of the United States would present itself in a way that would require these forces? Would they parachute in?  Drive up in armed trucks?  Is it not obvious that these armed police were there to initmidate and if possible stop protest and reporting?

I cannot escape the thought that the police repression at the RNC is about more attack on American liberties.

What can we do about this?

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2 Responses to “Goodman Says Attacks on Journalists Are A Threat To Democracy”

  1. nancy Says:

    I saw a brief TV clip on MSNBC. It showed Police using what they called tear gas to disperse the crowd, a far cry from the reality of the situation. If we want to get the attention to our cause, we must plan to shut the event down completely, as was done in Seattle for the WTO in 1999. That means a lot of critical planning and people who care enough about the objective to lay their bodies down in front police abuse and in front of all entrances. Seattle protesters and supporters showed the integrity and courage necessary to accomplish the goal. Action Trumps Talk. We need people ready and able to do the same or the same old media quiet will continue. Support must come from throughout the States, hence the calls to St Paul Mayor Chris Coleman: 651-266-8510. Police abuse will only end when we say NO!

    IT GOES FURTHER – THE VOTERS ARE UNWILLING TO STAND UP TO THE LAW AND ORDER POLITICIANS. IN SEATTLE, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN MAYOR NICHELS AND CHIEF K. IN ST. PAUL, KNOWN TO BE A PROGRESSIVE CITY, I SUSPECT THE MAYOR MADE A DEAL TO GET THE RCN. THE DEAL STATED THAT, NO MATTER WHAT IT TOOK, THE COPS WOULD QUASH DISSENT OF ANY KIND DURING THE CONVENTION. I BELIEVE THIS WAS THE EXACTMENT THAT THE GOP CHARGED TO SELECT ST. PAUL AS THE VENUE. OF COURSE, THE DEMOCRATS MADE A SIMILAR DEAL IN DENVER BUT THE PROTESTERS WERE MORE CONTROLLED. I COULD BE WRONG BUT THAT IS MY STORY AND I’M STICKING TO IT.

    THE BALL IS IN OUR COURT,
    ACT UP OR ACCEPT THE REPRESSION,
    Jack Smith

  2. No War No Torture » Blog Archive » Prisoners and Wikileaks Says:

    […] Enough good cannot be said about Amy Goodman.  You can revisit, here and here and here, posts about her during the 2008 RNC in the twin cities where she and members of the Democracy Now! staff were arrested, pepper sprayed, and abused along with hundreds, maybe thousands of others. […]

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