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Reporters arrested covering RNC will not be charged.

Above: St. Paul, MN, Sept. 4, 2008. A photo I took of some reporters gathered to observe a small crowd that day. The main march was cross from this bridge, and this group occasionally chanted words of support.

In the news, St. Paul has released a statement that they will not be charging arrested reporters with presence at an unlawful assembly, including Democracy Now! reporter Amy Goodman and her colleagues. Found via Crooks and Liars, who cite St. Paul mayor Phil Coleman as follows, “This decision reflects the values we have in St. Paul to protect and promote our First Amendment rights to freedom of the press.” Read AP Reporter Chris Williams article here.

Goodman has released a demand for an investigation, and one hopes that there can now be a full accounting of the tactics employed that night.

Again from the post in C&L, “One has to wonder if this was the plan all along, and the real intention was simply to inhibit reporting of abuses against protesters. Or maybe they’re hoping that with the reporters out of court, the media won’t be so interested in covering the 800 or so other arrests. With over forty journalists arrested, there should surely be at least some investigation of police officers involved for trumping up
charges too.”

In other good news, a federal judge has ordered Veep Cheney to preserve records.
See updates and more in An arresting development.

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