Covering protests is part of the job for any journalist. And that is what Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was doing over Labor Day weekend. On Monday she will turn herself into authorities in North Dakota where she is wanted on riot charges. Prosecutors dropped the criminal trespassing charge on Friday.
Democracy Now! has been one of the few news outlets that has been covering the protests going on for months by thousands of Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s more from Goodman on going back to face charges.
The $3.8 billion oil pipeline is slated to carry barrel after barrel of Bakken crude through sacred sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and tribe members fear it could pollute the Missouri River, the source not only of their water but of millions of others’, should the pipe ever rupture.
AMY GOODMAN ON THE FRONTLINES
Again Goodman was doing her job. Now prosecutors in North Dakota are abusing their legal power. These intimidation ploys are their way to silence the media.
I agree with Amy Goodman that actions against her are an attack against the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and the public’s right to the truth.
Watch Goodman’s coverage. She identified herself as a journalist and did nothing wrong but follow the protest.
SUPPORT AMY GOODMAN
I stand with Amy Goodman. I hope journalism organizations will show their support. I’m a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Today it is Amy Goodman facing jail time for doing her job in covering a protest. Who will be the next reporter facing charges for covering the news?
Amy, I got your back!