Vindication for Press Freedom as Charges Dropped Against Journalist Amy Goodman

Common Dreams – by Deirdre Fulton – Monday, October 17, 2016

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Photo: Journalist Amy Goodman addresses supporters and the media after news on Monday that charges against her were dismissed. (Photo: Screenshot)

By filing the charges in the first place, Democracy Now!’s Goodman told the crowd, “the state’s attorney was attempting to stop journalism”.

In a vindication for press freedom and land protectors fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline, North Dakota has dismissed the “riot” charges against Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman, issued after she reported on pipeline company security guards physically assaulting nonviolent, mostly Indigenous land protectors in September.

“The judge’s decision…is a great vindication of the First Amendment and…native people on the frontlines,” Goodman told a crowd of supporters in Mandan, North Dakota on Monday, across the street from the courthouse.

Goodman elaborated in a statement:

This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline. We will continue to report on this epic struggle of Native Americans and their non-Native allies taking on the fossil fuel industry and an increasingly militarized police in this time when climate change threatens the planet.

Delphine Halgand, U.S. director for Reporters Without Borders (RSF), said Monday afternoon: “We are relieved that the charges against Amy Goodman have been dismissed, but they never should have been filed in the first place. It is unacceptable that a journalist’s right to cover a story of major public interest was threatened by North Dakota authorities.”

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Posted by Teri Perticone

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