The Huffington Post has the summary. It notes that six journalists were arrested during the protests that developed on Inauguration Day. However, and here is the essential element to the story,..
… none of the arrest reports for the journalists include any allegations of individual wrongdoing, according to The Guardian.
In other words, the journalists were detained because they happened to be around the protesters who were picked up. BUT THEY DID NOTHING WRONG.
If convicted, the penalties could be stiff. The District of Columbia laws allow for up to 10 years in prison and as much as $25,000 in fines.
BUT THEY DID NOTHING WRONG.
Not surprisingly, as the Guardian notes, the Committee to Protect Journalists is not happy.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said late on Tuesday that charges against journalists who were covering the protests should be dropped.
“These charges are clearly inappropriate, and we are concerned that they could send a chilling message to journalists covering future protests,” said Carlos Lauría, the CPJ’s senior Americas program coordinator. “We call on authorities in Washington to drop these charges immediately.”
Indeed, the charges should be dropped.