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Six more U.S. journalists arrested during ongoing police crackdowns at Occupy protests



At least six more journalists were arrested at an Occupy protest in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 28, reported Mother Jones magazine. Mother Jones‘ reporter Gavin Aronsen was arrested despite showing police a valid press pass, Media Bistro pointed out, adding that "Oakland Police seemed to have learned absolutely nothing from their previous clashes with protesters, that drew worldwide criticism and helped galvanize the Occupy movement."

KQED News offers a rundown of reporters' tweets detailing the confrontations with police. For example, Krisitin Hanes of KGO Radio who tweeted: "Arresting officer: 'Do you have any knives, guns, weapons?' Me: 'No, I'm a reporter.' Officer: 'That might be dangerous of them all.'"

Besides Aronsen and Hanes, other journalists arrested include freelance journalist Susie Cagle, Yael Chanoff of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Vivian Ho of the San Francisco Chronicle, and John Osborn of the East Bay Express. On Monday, Jan. 30, the organization Free Press condemned the ongoing arrests of journalists covering the Occupy movement.

Roughly 50 journalists have been arrested since Occupy Wall Street started. See this Storify for a complete list of journalists who have been detained.

The crackdown on reporters covering the Occupy Movement was responsible for knocking the United States' press freedom ranking down 27 spots to no. 47 on Reporters Without Borders' 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index.



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