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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.



1 comment

 
Rwolf wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Six more U.S. journalists arrested...

It is problematic U.S. Government is headed toward charging writers and bloggers that exercise 1st Amendment rights of Free Speech with being involved in, advocating or supporting terrorism or being Belligerents under provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012; Patriot Act and introduced “Enemy Expatriation Act.” The Nazis used this tactic to shut down entire newspapers claiming a news service or publisher’s reports were biased against the Nazi government, provoked public unrest; threatened German National Security.

It is foreseeable U.S. activists in the future that occupy government and other property (and) violate State for Federal laws could be charged by U.S. Government with supporting International and or Domestic Terrorism; incarcerated in Indefinite Detention—charged under United States Code 18 Sec. 2331 (appear intended (i)“to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion…” Whether naturally occurring or caused by agent provocateurs, violent-occupations potentially play into the hands of individuals and corporations that may want America turned into a Police State.

18 U.S.C. § 2331: US Code - Section 2331: Definitions of Terrorism As used in this chapter -
(1) the term "international terrorism" means activities that -
(A) involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended -
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by
intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass
destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of
the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum;
(2) the term "national of the United States" has the meaning given such term in section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
(3) the term "person" means any individual or entity capable of holding a legal or beneficial interest in property;
(4) the term "act of war" means any act occurring in the course
of -
(A) declared war;
(B) armed conflict, whether or not war has been declared,
between two or more nations; or
(C) armed conflict between military forces of any origin; and
(5) the term "domestic terrorism" means activities that -
(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended -
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by
intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass
destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of
the United States.

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