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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?
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NPPA & Reporters Committee Seek Dismissal of Charges Against Photojournalist Covering Occupy Protest | Society of Professional Journalists letter to Santa Cruz DA in support of Indybay reporter Bradley Stuart Allen | Journalism Groups Protest Prosecution of Photojournalist
Audio: KPFA Evening News Speaks with Bradley Stuart Allen || Davey D Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen on KPFA's Hard Knock Radio || Chris Burnett Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen on KPFK's Indymedia On Air || Dennis Bernstein Interviews Bradley Stuart Allen and Ben Rice on KPFA's Flashpoints
Sixteen 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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Petition: Appeal the Court Decision on Measure Z Sunday Jan 21st 8:33 PM
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Protect Our Coast March and Protest Rally Thursday Jan 18th 9:25 PM
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Flyer Distributed in the MLK Police-Led "Peace and Justice" March in Santa Cruz (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 16th 1:49 PMMore Local News...
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Court Ruling Moves Orcas Closer to Protection from Oil Tankers Thursday Jan 18th 11:08 PM
Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions Thursday Jan 18th 10:38 PM
Feds Halt Idaho Oil, Gas Lease Sale After Conservation Groups Protest Thursday Jan 18th 9:13 PM
Statement on Israel's Blacklist Thursday Jan 11th 8:02 PM
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Another Trump disgrace: Racism and white supremacy must never be pardoned Monday Aug 28th 6:09 PM
Private Security patrols for artwork in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday Aug 27th 5:51 PMMore Global News...
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Sempervirens Fund Acquires Cotoni-Coast Ridge Property Sunday Jan 21st 8:44 PM
Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan Thursday Jan 11th 8:14 PM
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Local law enforcement and government protect TBSC gang stalkers (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 25th 9:15 PM
Statement from Afrikan/Black Student Alliance on Reclamation of Kerr Hall at UC Santa Cruz Wednesday May 3rd 11:23 AM
Are We Ready for Body-Worn Cameras in Santa Cruz? Sunday Apr 16th 4:12 PM
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Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Friday Mar 17th 6:01 PM
Final Property for HWY 17 Wildlife Crossing Protected (3 comments) Saturday Mar 4th 3:33 PMOpen Newswire...
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