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Journalist Amy Goodman to Turn Herself in to North Dakota Authorities
Published on Oct 13, 2016
http://democracynow.org - Democracy Now! will be heading back to North Dakota to continue our coverage of the standoff at Standing Rock. As has been reported here and elsewhere, as a result of Democracy Now!’s reporting over Labor Day weekend last month, Amy Goodman was charged by the state of North Dakota with criminal trespass.
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But, what you probably don't know is that she was escorted to the courthouse this afternoon and was charged with Class A and C felony charges that carry 45 years maximum sentences combined. The charges include, two Class A felony charges and one Class C felony charge, and conspiracy to theft of property, conspiracy to theft of services and conspiracy to tampering with or damaging a public service.
I am outraged and need your help. Please watch my Facebook video below, read the letter I'm asking you to sign and then if you want to sign it, comment below the article and we'll add your name. Thank you!
Here's my Facebook live video from just one hour ago:
Here's the letter I'm spreading around in hopes to get more people to sign on:
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I regret to inform you that documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg, producer of How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change was arrested while filming a protest action in North Dakota. She was held for 48 hours in Pembina County Jail without access to her attorney.
This should send a chill down the spine of every documentary filmmaker and journalist. In my view, the North Dakota police are in violation of the First Amendment, charging a documentary filmmaker with conspiracy rather than viewing her as a reporter/journalist exercising her First Amendment right is unfair, unjust and illegal. We need a show of support right now for Deia's immense courage and for the First Amendment.
Now here is the really bad news and this is why we need you to act right now. This afternoon she was escorted to the courthouse where she was charged with Class A and C felony charges that carry 45 years maximum sentences combined. She has been charged with: two Class A felony charges and one Class C felony charge, and conspiracy to theft of property, conspiracy to theft of services and conspiracy to tampering with or damaging a public service.
These charges are a threat to our freedom of expression on the most basic level and especially to documentary filmmaking. If we cannot film events as they're happening, especially protest events or events that the establishment and the police might consider crime, we will never work or live in the same way again.
How many times have you been in a situation where people were being arrested and your camera was the only witness to the event that could truly portray what was happening?
Imagine now that simply by filming the actions of others you could face felony charges with maximum sentences of 45 years. That's why we have a First Amendment. The Constitution protects the freedom of the press and our right to document events.
We need an outcry from all documentary filmmakers, journalists and artists immediately.
I'm asking you to sign onto a very simple letter that states this:
Dear members of the media, governor of North Dakota Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Attorney General Chris Myers and President Obama:
Deia Schlosberg was exercising her First Amendment right as a journalist. The state of North Dakota's criminal complaint filed against her on Oct. 13 should be dropped immediately. Journalism, especially documentary filmmaking, is not a crime, it's a responsibility. The freedom of the press is a fundamental right in our free society. The charges filed against her are an injustice that must be dropped immediately.
Here's who has signed on to the letter so far:
Josh Fox, Oscar Nominated director, documentarian and filmmaker
Daryl Hannah, actress/activist
Neil Young, musician
Frances Fisher, Activist, Treasurer - EMA, Actress
LEE CAMP, Host, Redacted Tonight
Christopher Ryan, writer
Bill McKibben, Writer, Co-Founder 350.org
Mark Ruffalo, Actor, Director, Activist
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
David Braun, Director, Writer, Producer
Alex Ebert (AKA Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) golden globe winner
Steven Tabakin, Peabody Award-winning film producer
Chloe Maxmin, Founder First Here, Then Everywhere
Alexis Krauss, musician
Jon Bowermaster, author, filmmaker, journalist
Alexander Zaitchik, author/journalist
Francesca Fiorentini, Journalist
Paul Bassis, Producer
Tim DeChristopher, Founder of Climate Disobedience The Action Center for Education & Community Development, Inc.
Nathan Truesdell Documentary Filmmaker
Bethany Yarrow, singer/activist
Chris Paine, director "who killed the electric car"
Vallejo Gantner, curator, arts executive
Jane Kleeb, Our Revolution Board Member, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair-Elect
Tanya Rivero Warren, journalist
Maggie Surovell, Professor of voice and speech
Seven McDonald Award Winning Columnist (LA Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, Nylon)
Henry Lai, director of product design, Echo360
Councilman Robert Eklund, Town of New Lisbon NY
Julia Pacetti President of JMP Verdant Communications