Journalists Getting Arrested At The Republican National Convention

Sep 2nd, 2008 | By | Category: General

Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, journalists with the syndicated news program Democracy Now, were arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department Monday and charged with conspiracy to riot.

According to a statement from Democracy Now:

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

Democracy Now discounts the idea that the journalists were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, saying:

The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar is a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists from the nation’s leading independent news outlet.

While incidents like this are common at political conventions, this is the one of the first times that new media has allowed almost instant exposure to them.

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  1. And as long as their base consists of disjoint, disconnected, self-righteous, blinkered Philistines, you can bet some soccer mom driving her gas guzzling SUV to the mall will not have heard a word about it.

    They like to feel important and putting a few journalists in jail is giving them that opportunity. (They’d call them terrorists but its really hard to be terrorized by Goodman.)

    Its also making the decision of who to vote for a bit easier.

  2. dimitri says:

    Republicans are just like the gestapo

  3. Sharon Schroeder says:

    Its a shame the American people will never hear about this. The mainstream media will never tell this story because they are controlled by the Republicans. We are becoming no different than Russia or China. Government controlled media is the only media most people are allowed to hear. Most Americans are too dumb/lazy/mindless/controlled (you insert the word of your choice) to find anything other than Fox/NBC/CBS. Shame on ‘We The People’ for letting these things happen and doing and saying nothing.

  4. Jimmy says:

    I’d like to see this vid on Faux news, (sorry I was just dreaming) I guess paranoid control freaks like Bill O’Reilly won’t be defending freedom of speech if it involves Amy Goodman . Then I keep forgetting the liberals control the media.

  5. Dave says:

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with the mindset that the media is controlled by the Republicans. Just watch ABC News or CBS and you will be able to notice the subtle, and sometimes outright, liberal bias in most of the political reporting.

    Republicans being Gestapo?

    Honestly, I guess I’m not surprised that you would go that low. In what way are are Republicans the Getsapo? Because of this one incident? If you look on the opposite side of the political spectrum, you’ll see (well, hopefully, unless you’ve been inundated by liberal nonsense) that the left’s policy on big government and nationalized healthcare (aka higher taxes to pay for enough medicine for everyone), in addition to the standard higher taxes that come most every Democratic presidential candidate, will lead to loss of freedom and Gestpo-esque control on how we Americans spend our time and money.

    These are just some things to think about, so please try to read it with a sense of decency before crucifying me for posting a message with different views than the below comments.


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