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The Crackdown on Dakota Access Pipeline Reporters Shows the Vital Role of Independent Media

The Crackdown on Dakota Access Pipeline Reporters Shows the Vital Role of Independent Media

Sarah Aziza

Hundreds of activists have faced arrest since nonviolent demonstrations against the North Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL, began last spring. While clashes with law enforcement frequently coincide with public protest, the arrests of numerous independent journalists, including Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, have raised serious questions about state suppression, free speech and the blurring of lines between activism and journalism.

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When reporters are just reporting there should be no grounds for arrest. What is freedom of speech if it can’t justify things like this.

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Acceptable journalism in Murka has evolved to outfits that publish corporate press releases disguised as news.

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