Journalists Covering Inauguration Protests Face ‘Felony Riot’ Charges (Hillary Hanson, Huffington Post; has autoplay video)
Multiple journalists arrested while covering President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington have been charged with felony rioting, an accusation one of their employers called an “affront to the First Amendment.”
At least six journalists were among more than 200 people arrested during anti-Trump demonstrations on Friday, The Guardian reports [...]
If convicted, they could be sentenced to 10 years in prison or $25,000 fines.
Though many protesters at the event were peaceful, some damaged property and threw objects. At least six officers suffered minor injuries.
However, none of the arrest reports for the journalists include any allegations of individual wrongdoing [...] the documents simply refer to large numbers of people being arrested for destroying property or violating rioting laws. [...]
Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest (Jon Swaine, The Guardian)
Four more journalists have been charged with felonies after being arrested while covering the unrest around Donald Trump’s inauguration, meaning that at least six media workers are facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted. [...]
The Guardian learned of their arrests after reporting on Monday that the journalists Evan Engel of Vocativ and Alex Rubinstein of RT America had also been arrested and charged with felonies while covering the same unrest on Friday morning.
All six were arraigned in superior court on Saturday and released to await further hearings in February and March, according to court filings. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said late on Tuesday that charges against journalists who were covering the protests should be dropped.
“These charges are clearly inappropriate, and we are concerned that they could send a chilling message to journalists covering future protests,” said Carlos Lauría, the CPJ’s senior Americas program coordinator. “We call on authorities in Washington to drop these charges immediately.”
Even if all these journalists are exonerated of all charges, this time, it's still a scary precedent that your life and career could be disrupted by our own government's malice, for daring to tell and show the truth!
Under the new administration freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are tossed aside.