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Newspaper publisher demands apology from Tennessee's governor for arrest of reporter covering protests

The publisher of the newspapers the Nashville Scene and The City Paper has asked the governor of Tennessee to apologize for arresting a reporter covering the Occupy Nashville protests over the weekend, reported The City Paper.

According to the Nashville Scene, Chris Ferrell, CEO of SouthComm which publishes the newspapers, sent a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam's communications director, saying, "I expect the Governor to publicly apologize to him for this violation of his rights and to assure the people of Tennessee that this administration will not interfere with the right to a free press that has been a fundamental right in this country since our founding."

Nashville Scene reporter Jonathan Meador, 26, along with dozens of Occupy Nashville protesters, was arrested and then released from jail Saturday, Oct. 29, he tweeted. Meador was arrested despite saying over and over that he was a part of the media. He was charged with public intoxication and trespassing, said News Channel 5, although witnesses said he was not drunk.

Meador is just one of several journalists arrested since the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The journalist captured his own arrest on video:

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Brandt Hardin wrote 6 years 24 weeks ago

Violation of Constitutional Rights

Not only has our Governor Bill Haslam had these protestors arrested but has pushed his agenda of suppressing the Constitutional Rights of Tennesseans throughout his brief tenure in office from shooting down Nashville's anti-discrimination laws to creating the bill banning the use of the word "gay" in public schools. He's railroading civil liberties to the extent of making it illegal to upload a "potentially offensive image" to the internet this year. I addressed our Governor's antics with a visual commentary of him and his wife on my artist's blog at Drop by and let me know how you feel about our rights being infringed upon.

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