Freedom of Speech Under Attack
American journalism under seige:
An American Journalist Is Facing A Felony Trial This Week — In The United States
Because journalists hate our freedoms:
Trump has been particularly vocal in his condemnation of journalists, calling them “enemies of the American people.” His top law enforcement official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a conservative from the American South, has declined to rule out jailing journalists and greatly expanded the number of federal investigations into leaks to the news media.
Nothing to fear. The case is being heard by one of America's finest objective jurists:
Leibovitz, a former homicide prosecutor during the 1990s when Washington was known as the nation’s murder capital, is a widely respected official some consider “D.C.’s toughest judge.” She once sentenced a 79-year-old demonstrator who’d been arrested multiple times to 25 days in jail, and she thus far has denied defense motions to dismiss cases against the defendants who argued the capital city’s rioting laws were too broadly written.
You would think this case requires dismissal:
This [District of Columbia] security force’s response to the Jan. 20 protests is currently being investigated by local authorities in Washington. The heavily armed police that day never warned protesters they could face arrest if they didn’t disperse, as is required by the department’s own policies. Instead, they surrounded the protesters, an aggressive policing technique known as “kettling,” often used at protests over the police killings of unarmed African-Americans. A recent “kettling” incident in the Midwest city of St. Louis swept up several journalists, and a member of the judicial branch found that the aggressive security force tactics there had likely violated the bedrock principles of American democracy.
Additional coverage from Al Jazeera:
Referring to the charges over the Inauguration Day, St Louis and Standing Rock protests, [Defendant] Petrohilos said: "There is a concerted effort to crack down on the rights of organising and dissent in the US right now."
Do ya think?
It's my speculation that they could care less about the broken windows," Wood concluded.
"The government wants blood. With the political climate being anti-press, it doesn't surprise me that I'm here."
The ACLU has made an appearance in this case. Stay tuned to Al Jazeera and The Guardian for updates. The American Media has shown little or no concern about the criminalization of dissent by protesters or journalistic freedom to cover political protests.