Thursday, September 04, 2008
Honolulu Community-Media Council condemns arrests of journalists in St. Paul
by Larry Geller
The Hawaii Community-Media Council circulated this statement today:
HONOLULU COMMUNITY-MEDIA COUNCIL (HCMC) CONDEMNS HARRASMENT AND ARRESTS OF JOURNALISTS BY ST. PAUL POLICE AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION!
HCMC president, Chris Conybeare says that the actions of the police at the Republican National convention are the same tactics used by government forces during the election campaign in Zimbabwe. "We must stand up to police actions that threaten a free press whether at home or abroad. A democracy depends on freedom of expression and the free flow of information. Please read the statement below and follow the links to see what happens when basic rights are ignored. Please join the campaign by signing on to the letter of protest that will be sent to officials in St.Paul and to the Republican National Committee." Thank you.
The statement was followed by a message from Free Press (freepress.net) to sign on to a letter asking that charges against Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and two other DN producers be dropped (note: the letter is being delivered tomorrow (Friday) morning, so if you’d like to sign, go there quickly).
The Hawaii Community-Media Council was founded in 1970 and is the oldest of the five remaining media councils in this country. I believe only three of them are still active.