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Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008
From: “Josh Silver, FreePress.net”
Subject: Unbelievable

Free Press: media reform through education, organizing and advocacy

Free Press Action Alert

Reports of journalists, bloggers and videomakers being arrested keep rolling
in.
The St. Paul police department’s targeting of journalists, including
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and the I-Witness videomakers, is having
a chilling effect on free speech as the city hosts the Republican National Convention.

Many in the mainstream media are ignoring these attacks on journalism
— and some independent media makers are still in jail. But in less than
24 hours, more than 35,000 people have signed our letter
demanding that
press intimidation cease immediately and that all charges against journalists
be dropped.

This is an incredible response. Help deliver the message that a free press will not be intimidated!

Help Us Reach 50,000 Letters: Take Action Now

Thanks,

Josh

P.S. Below is yesterday’s e-mail with detailed information about
the arrests.



Dear Friend,




Amy Goodman Arrested

Police in St. Paul arrested several journalists yesterday, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman.

Stand Up for Independent Journalism

Yesterday, police in St. Paul arrested several journalists, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and an AP photographer as they were covering protests of the Republican National Convention.


Amy Goodman and others were released last night, but the story is not over.


We need you to cosign our public letter demanding that press intimidation cease immediately, and that all charges be dropped. It will be delivered immediately to St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, the RNC Host Committee and the local prosecuting attorneys. We need 10,000 signatures in the next 24 hours, so please take action now:


Sign the Letter: Drop All Charges Against Journalists

In addition to these arrests, police with firearms drawn raided a meeting of the video journalists’ group I-Witness and arrested independent media, bloggers and videomakers. We’re also receiving late-breaking reports of other arrests.


By signing this letter, you’re sending a powerful message: Officials must rein in aggressive and violent tactics by local law enforcement, stop the targeting of journalists and immediately drop all charges against them.


Reporting by independent journalists is vital to a functioning democracy. Americans must have access to diverse sources of information to hold their leaders accountable. Journalists must be free to do their jobs without intimidation.


Please Take Action by Signing this Letter


Don’t wait. We need a free press now more than ever. Tell your friends and take action now!

Thank you,

Josh Silver
Executive Director
Free Press
http://www.freepress.net/

1. Watch the video of Goodman’s arrest.

2. See other journalists being arrested as reported by UpTake.

3. News of the AP arrest.

4. Learn more about the arrest of an ABC News producer during the Democratic Convention in Denver.

5. Watch the video of the police raid of I-Witness journalists (Caution: strong language).

Take action on this important campaign at: http://free.convio.net/site/Advocacy?id=281


Tell your friends about this campaign at: http://free.convio.net/site/Ecard?ecard_id=1361