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.
The journalist captured his own arrest on video:
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