Amy Goodman should not have been arrested for covering the Dakota Access Pipeline Project, known on Twitter as #NoDAPL. Amy Goodman, is an award-winning journalist of news program Democracy Now!
The Dakota Access Pipeline will travel through 50 counties to transport oil from North Dakota to South Dakota, to Iowa, into Illinois. The website states:
“Protecting landowner interests and the local environment is a top priority of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.”
Yet the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota’s privately owned burial and cultural site was decimated by construction workers, intensifying pipeline opposition, along with fears the drinking water will also be contaminated.
Landowner Cyndy Coppola, whose property lays in the path of the pipeline, was arrested for blocking pipeline construction. Journalists from Unicorn Riot have also been arrested for criminal trespassing.
On September 3, Democracy Now! filmed Dakota Pipeline security guards attacking protesters with guard dogs and pepper spray. On September 8, Goodman was warranted and arrested for criminal trespassing, then a rioting charge. District Judge John Grinsteiner dismissed the charges.
“The United States First Amendment Rights – Religion and Expression. Congress shall make no law… prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…”
The Associated Press (AP) in New York, prides itself on being a trusted news agency commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism.
How can citizens get news information that impacts them, if no one is reporting on it?
As Rebecca Bengal from Vogue Magazine so aptly summarizes Amy Goodman’s arrest: “Journalists, when they cannot get out in the streets to cover the sieges of the world, are themselves under siege.”
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