… Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC

Amy Goodman and two journalists of Democracy Now!

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Added 19.10 h, Middle European Time: Amy Goodman And Colleagues Arrested And Released, by Democracy Now! 02 September, 2008.

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Linked with Amy Goodman – USA.

Watch the 43 sec video of her arrest and also a short text excerpt, on truthout.org (source: Democracy Now), 01 September 2008.

…     St. Paul, Minnesota – Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her.

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman’s office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0) … (full text).

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