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The riot act

17 Oct

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Is North Dakota seriously charging Amy Goodman with “rioting” in response to her coverage of the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline?

Perhaps state authorities expect the desperate ploy might dissuade Goodman or other out-of-state journalists from covering the protests?  I hope that would be a gross miscalculation on their part, and that such aggressive tactics would only increase nationwide interest in the local situation, perhaps along with sympathy for the protesters and antipathy toward the position of the state and its corporate friends.

Bad enough the American people stand by while our right to protest is abridged by the actions of the state and the greed of its sponsors.  Shameful enough that the government of North Dakota has responded to the protests as if they constituted a military threat.

They might at least see fit to let marginalized independent news media publishers document the decline of American democracy.