Amy Goodman of Democracy Now was in North Dakota reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when the oil company's hired amateur security officers attacked protectors
. Now there is a warrant out for her arrest because she filmed the whole thing and because it happened on private property she was technically trespassing.
She was doing her job of reporting what was happening, which was security guards pepper spraying protectors and forcing attack dogs to bite protectors that didn't pose a threat. Obviously, this is intimidation of the freedom of the press. The pipeline
threatens water supplies, sacred Native American sites, and the environment broadly and the amazing Native Americans and allies standing up against it deserve fair coverage from the press. The authorities want this pipeline so badly that they are willing to cover up reporting on misconduct at the construction site.
"This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press," said Amy Goodman in a statement.
"I was doing my job by covering pipeline guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on Native American protesters." Amy Goodman is an award-winning journalist.
This warrant sets a horrifying precedent. It restricts the freedom of the press, a constitutional right that our society requires to thrive. We demand this warrant be dropped immediately.
The reporting Amy Goodman and Democracy Now did that day is crucial and we cannot allow them to silence it.