Thursday, October 23, 2008

U.S. ranked 36th in World for Press Freedom

By: Harry Waisbren

Anyone want to argue that this isn't an indictment of the country that should be the land of the free? Can't say this is that surprising considering that arresting journalists was official policy at this year's Republican Naitonal Convention:
St. Paul police chief John Harrington outlined his policy towards reporters covering demonstrations in a September 3 press conference. Arrest first, ask questions later: Harrington told Amy Goodman that the police can't possibly be expected to differentiate between protesters and credentialed journalists covering protests. He added, generously, that the police would do their best to identify journalists after the fact and expedite their release.

Still don't think this has gotten out of control? Check out this video of even an ABC News producer getting arrested in Denver while "investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention".

Crazy crazy crazy.

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