North Dakota Charges Journalist Amy Goodman for Exercising Her First Amendment Rights

 Goodman and [Denis] Moynihan wrote. “At the Sacred Stone, Red Warrior and other camps at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, the protectors are there to stay, and their numbers are growing daily.”   

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Truthdig  September 13, 2016

It seems freedom of the press no longer means much—at least not in North Dakota, where an arrest warrant has been issued for Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” after she recorded footage of “private security personnel’s use of dogs to attack Native American foes of the Dakota Access Pipeline project.” It’s also where arrest warrants were issued recently for Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka for actions during their participation in protests against the project.

From The Nation:

Video footage obtained by Goodman, an internationally respected and frequently honored independent journalist, helped to alert Americans to the tactics being used to stop demonstrations against the pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies. On Friday, the Obama administration halted work on key portions of the $3.8 billion pipeline project—recognizing concerns raised by the tribe and environmental activists.

The president’s action didn’t sway authorities in the state, though. North Dakota’s Dickinson Press reported over the weekend that:

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Amy Goodman of New York for a Class B misdemeanor, according to court documents.

Goodman, a reporter for the independent news program, can be seen on news footage from Sept. 3 documenting the clash between protesters and private security personnel with guard dogs at a Dakota Access construction site, including footage showing people with bite injuries and a dog with blood on its mouth.

The video footage has been widely cited by people who have since criticized the use of dogs by the security personnel.

Again from The Nation:

Goodman has been open and outspoken with regard to her reporting from North Dakota. …  Goodman’s accounts helped to raise awareness of the pipeline fight at a critical stage. And her assessment of the struggle has helped to put it in historical and contemporary context. “The battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is being waged as a renewed assertion of indigenous rights and sovereignty, as a fight to protect clean water, but, most importantly, as part of the global struggle to combat climate change and break from dependence on fossil fuels,” Goodman and [Denis] Moynihan wrote. “At the Sacred Stone, Red Warrior and other camps at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, the protectors are there to stay, and their numbers are growing daily.”

That is a fair assessment. It is also fair to say that an arrest warrant will not keep Amy Goodman from speaking up.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata


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  1. Colin Smith · · Reply

    Bummer. Having heard about Goodman’s acceptance of SOROS , right-wing think-tank and possibly State `Department money, in addition to her siphoning off a million dollars a year for herself for 5 years after ‘taking’ DN away from Pacifica, she now has no credibility. I’m a trusting, loyal sort of soul, and it hurts when someone you respect and believe is seen to be shabby and self-serving. Serves me right, l suppose, but please don’t quote her anymore. You never know where it’s coming from. In this world you have to be squeaky-clean to be believed. By me.

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    1. I have friends who are not on the internet and Democracy Now! is their main source of info and they swear by Amy. I have other friends who listen to her regularly but are much more critical and do know about the funding issues. They say she is good on domestic issues, and not so good on foreign policy, especially about Syria but also overall. Her promotion of the white helmets is an example: a US funded group as part of Campaign Syria to win the hearts and minds of the American people that ignores the reality of US foreign policy in Syria and the political morass that Syria is. (See Max Blumenthal for details about the white helmets.)

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