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Tue Mar 20 2012 (Updated 04/02/12)
Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony: Conspiracy to Make Media
Tue Mar 20 2012 (Updated 04/02/12)
Viewpoint Discrimination, Selective Prosecution in Charges Against Independent Journalists
Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee has embarked on a full frontal assault against independent media in Santa Cruz by including four regular contributors to the independent news website Indybay.org amongst the eleven people charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the occupation of a vacant bank building on November 30th, 2011. District Attorney Lee apparently believes it is his duty to dictate how events such as the occupation of the vacant bank at 75 River Street should be reported on by the media, and if he does not approve of the coverage, then journalists risk the DA bringing charges against them.

The National Press Photographers Association (NPAA) and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) wrote a Letter Brief addressed to the court seeking dismissal of charges. In a related joint press release, the NPAA and RCFP wrote: "This is just the most recent case where journalists have been interfered with and arrested while covering Occupy Wall Street protests throughout the country. In almost every case, those charges — ranging from disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration to trespass — have been dismissed or the defendant journalists have been acquitted." So why is Bob Lee pursuing these charges, at taxpayer expense, unless to unfairly promote one journalistic viewpoint over another by deterring independent journalists from closely reporting on social justice movements as they happen?

photoRead More | En Español | Santa Cruz IMC

pdfNPPA & Reporters Committee Seek Dismissal of Charges Against Photojournalist Covering Occupy Protest | pdfSociety of Professional Journalists letter to Santa Cruz DA in support of Indybay reporter Bradley Stuart Allen | Journalism Groups Protest Prosecution of Photojournalist

audio Audio: KPFA Evening News Speaks with Bradley Stuart Allen || audioDavey D Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen on KPFA's Hard Knock Radio || audioChris Burnett Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen on KPFK's Indymedia On Air || audioDennis Bernstein Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen and Ben Rice on KPFA's Flashpoints

audiopdfSixteen Thousand People Send Messages to Journalists Arrested During Occupy Protests

See also: Preliminary "Conspiracy" Hearing for Two Reporters in the 75 River St. Persecutions || Bogus Attack on Journalists Around November Protest Goes On and On || Day Three of "Conspiracy" Frame-Up Hearing || Two Courts Cream the Constitution: Justice Santa Cruz Style Rides Again!

Previous Related Indybay Features: Occupy Santa Cruz Marches to Protest Repression of the Occupy Movement | Demonstration at Wells Fargo in Solidarity with 75 River St. Arrestees | Vacant Bank Occupied in Santa Cruz
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