Journalists Win Settlement for Arrests/Abuse at 2008 RNC Convention

Bluegrass

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Democracy Now! and dozens of other journalists were arrested at the 2008 RNC Convention after recording police crackdowns on protests.

They have now won a settlement from the Bush Secret Service personnel and Minneapolis/St. Paul police Departments.

Footage of the abuse and arrests included in the video:

[video=youtube;1VtmmFFhTxk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VtmmFFhTxk&feature=channel_video_title[/video]
 

Babba

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That's good, but I have a feeling it's not going to stop incidents like this from continuing to happen.
 

Bluegrass

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That's good, but I have a feeling it's not going to stop incidents like this from continuing to happen.
That's possible, considering that the journalists targeted and abused by the police force are independent journalists. Most of the corporate media was inside, sucking off high level party officials.
 
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Babba

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That's possible, considering that the journalists targeted and abused by the police force are independent journalists. Most of the corporate media was inside, sucking off high level party officials.
True, very true.
 

Bluegrass

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Ah, yes, more "Free Speech" Zones...
Considering that organizing in public areas is now more like a "privilege", it's going to be interesting how they handle the growing protests in NYC's "Occupy Wall Street" and the upcoming mass protests in Washington DC on Oct 6th.

Big Media barely reported on the above RNC crackdown in 2008, and have condescendingly reported on the current protests in NYC. if they report on it at all. But the protests are spreading to other cities like Chicago and San Francisco. If they keep spreading, when will corporate media (CNN, Fox, MSNBC) begin to look bad enough to be forced to cover them? Will consumers keep watching Perry, Obama and Bachmann talk about the same things or will they become more interested in public dissent and action?
 
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