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RNC goon squad targeted journalists

You know, just like they do in totalitarian regimes!

More Than 40 Journos Listed as Arrested or Detained at RNC Protests

NEW YORK More than 40 journalists were arrested or detained during last week’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul, according to a report today by The Minnesota Independent.

In her story, Anna Pratt alphabetically lists 40-plus names – including Associated Press reporters, an AP photographer, a St. Paul Pioneer Press photographer, a New York Post freelance photographer, independent journalists, and college journalists.

Some names, such as “Democracy Now!” host/King Features Syndicate columnist Amy Goodman, were previously known. Others were not. (YouTube views of a video showing Goodman’s arrest have now topped 805,000.)

Pratt stated in her piece: “Of the 800-plus people who were arrested or detained in conjunction with RNC protests, a good chunk of them – 43, by our count – were members of the news media.

“Media representatives in town to cover the events, from both big and small presses, were slapped with citations and pending charges ranging in severity, including unlawful assembly, obstructing the legal process, misdemeanor interference with a peace officer and felony to riot plus other riot pretenses.

“Many others who weren’t arrested or detained endured pepper spray and other arms used for crowd control.”</em>

What, you’re surprised? After seven years of GOP Uber Alles, you expect anything less? Remember, the free flow of information is an anathema to tyrants.

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