Police Silencing Media, Arresting Reporters

to Protect and to Serve...

to Protect and to Serve.... whom?

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Ah, for the good old days of the Arab Spring, when our politicians condemned police brutality and the silencing of the media.  Yes, it is terrible when those other countries do it!

Back here in the US, however, the corporate media is busy demonizing the Occupy Movement while the police are behaving like Darth Vadar’s stormtroopers.  But what about reporters who actually go on location to in order to see and report the truth of what is going on?

According to Naomi Klein, “The National Union of Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate possible federal involvement with law enforcement practices that appeared to target journalists. The New York Times reported that “New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers” covering protests. Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding. Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that “It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk.””

Um, what was that about “freedom of the press”, “freedom of speech” and “freedom of assembly”?   Please speak up; I can’t hear you over the screams of American citizens being beaten by militarized police.

More lovely behavior by the police who protect and serve the 1% – read the entire article at the Guardian, by Naomi Klein.

Police attacking reporters, taking passes, arresting

Journalist thrown by police into revolving door, ambulance required

These guys are behaving like brutal thugs because their masters have ordered them to.  They will come to their senses and realize that when they’re assaulting us, they’re hurting themselves.  They will realize that they’re on the wrong side of history – just like the British soldiers who murdered over a thousand peacefully assembled people in India,  just like the police who beat and arrested American women who protested for the simple right to vote, just like the security forces who murdered coal miners who simply tried to organize for a living wage before unions, just like the Iranian forces currently murdering protesters there.

You cannot  silence an idea whose time has come.  Tyranny will not succeed.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. b.e.
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 05:44:53

    excellent post!


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