Protect Freedom of The Press! Drop Arrest Warrant for Amy Goodman

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.
Update #37 years ago
Prosectutor’s realized trespassing charges wouldn’t stick so they are tacking on riot charges. Now, a documentarian is also facing charges. Sign the new petition calling for all charges against journalists to be dropped to protect our first amendment rights.
Update #27 years ago
Amy Goodman is going to turn herself in on October 17th and fight the charges. Now is the time to make even more noise, keep sharing the petition so we can show North Dakota that this is not OK with us.
Update #17 years ago
Amnesty International has now called on Morton County Sheriff’s Department to drop charges against Amy Goodman, stop using riot gear at the site and to investigate the use of mace and dogs by private security companies on September 3. Let’s show our support by getting even more signatures! Share the petition!
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