Posted by: vernacularsnoop | September 2, 2008

Amy Goodman arrested while covering Republican National Convention in St. Paul

Journalist Amy Goodman from the popular news show Democracy Now! was arrested along with two of her colleagues while reporting on the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to democracynow.org, DN! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested for what a local sheriff called “suspicion of rioting”, altho they informed the officers that they were members of the press covering the events on the ground. Amy Goodman proceeded to question officers about the arrests of her producers, and was subsequently arrested and charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a “peace officer.” Goodman’s arrest was caught on video and can be seen on youtube:

Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com has more coverage of the police crackdown outside the RNC. Greenwald reports that Amy Goodman and her producers have been released. The publicity generated by the arrest may have played a part in the release of the DN! journalists – the video of Goodman’s arrest has gotten over 180,000 hits on Youtube in its first 14 hours. According to Greenwald, police harassment of journalists at the RNC has expanded in scope to include even members of the mainstream press, including correspondents from the Associated Press and CNN.

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