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Strongman tactics

Women journalists facing arrest and legal action for covering certain protests in the U.S.

October 17, 2016

A growing number of journalists and filmmakers, many of them women, have been arrested for reporting on citizen protests against the expansion of fossil-fuel infrastructures such as the Dakota Access Pipeline — a trend which has raised concern among activists that journalists are being deliberately targeted in an attempt to suppress coverage of the protests.

Last month, Amy Goodman, the award-winning host of Democracy Now!, was charged with participating in a “riot” after covering Native American-led protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Footage filmed by Goldman that showed security guards attacking peaceful protesters with dogs and pepper spray has since been viewed over 14 million times. “I wasn’t trespassing, I wasn’t engaging in a riot, I was doing my job as a journalist by covering a violent attack on Native American protesters,” said Goodman.

Deia Schlosberg, producer of the upcoming documentary, How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change, had her equipment and footage confiscated by authorities after covering a recent protest in Walhalla, North Dakota, in which activists shut down a pipeline carrying tar sand from Canada for about seven hours. Schlosberg was allegedly held for 48 hours before being allowed to speak to her lawyer, and is facing a possible 45-year sentence for charges that include felony conspiracy.

Even non-journalists, such as actress Shailene Woodley, have found themselves targeted for bringing too much attention to protests against the pipeline. Woodley was arrested after broadcasting a protest at a construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline. She later said that police told her she was singled out because of the 40,000 people watching the protest live through her Facebook page.

Watch Amy Goodman’s footage of the attack on the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters below.

Read the full story at The Nation and BBC News.


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