Respect the First Amendment

We’ve now faced a spate of journalist arrests as governments have moved to close down “Occupy” camps. Now, more than ever, we need to understand the “Occupy movement.” Journalists who are incarcerated can’t get their stories out.

Most notably, New York City prevented journalists from doing their work. With overly harsh tactics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg played a strong hand in forcing protestors out of Zuccotti Park.

As citizens we need to know the true story of “Occupy,” and we need to know how law enforcement handles the protestors. The First Amendment allows peaceful protests, and the ability to report on them – especially when that peace is shattered for whatever reason. Blocking journalists from reporting suggests there is something to hide.

Please take a minute to tell Mayor Bloomberg to act responsibly. Tell him that the First Amendment matters. Tell him he is sending the wrong message to America when he arrests journalists trying to document the actions of their government and the protestors.

The Newspaper Guild-CWA is helping journalists covering "Occupy" with a Facebook page called "Occupied Journalists" where stories can be shared, and help can be sought.

Let journalists work and keep America strong. Sign the petition to Mayor Bloomberg telling him that this is America, where the First Amendment still matters.

Dear Mr. Bloomberg – we’re demanding that you respect the First Amendment rights of protestors and journalists. The harsh actions of your law enforcement, against working journalists during the takedown of Zuccotti Park, is particularly telling. They acted as if they were out to stop the story from being told. We expect our politicians to protect the First Amendment, not to trample on it. Please stop this type of behavior so that we can all get the full story and understand the issues America is facing – from all points of view, not just those in power like yourself.

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Number Date Name Location
413 Wed Jun 13 21:00:29 EDT 2012 Dia Pearce Detroit, MI
412 Sat Dec 10 16:19:36 EST 2011 Julie Cardinale PA
411 Wed Dec 07 02:01:25 EST 2011 Erna Toback, PhD CA
410 Wed Nov 30 01:21:35 EST 2011 Kathleen Wilmore New York, NY
409 Tue Nov 29 15:15:16 EST 2011 Brendan McDermid Brooklyn , NY
408 Tue Nov 29 14:27:27 EST 2011 Peter Mandzych Bay Shore, NY
407 Mon Nov 28 09:24:21 EST 2011 mohammed Awad statenisland, NY
406 Mon Nov 28 00:55:39 EST 2011 Donald Cronin Somerville, MA
405 Fri Nov 25 15:48:28 EST 2011 Andrea Hopkins Brooklyn, NY
404 Fri Nov 25 00:14:54 EST 2011 jennifer saunders brooklyn, NY
403 Thu Nov 24 15:09:51 EST 2011 Lynette Ray MD
402 Wed Nov 23 12:25:10 EST 2011 Grant Glickson Manalapan, NJ
401 Wed Nov 23 11:11:37 EST 2011 David Johnson Manchester, NH
400 Tue Nov 22 11:44:11 EST 2011 Barry Pribula NY
399 Tue Nov 22 03:36:42 EST 2011 Brian Kennedy NY
398 Tue Nov 22 02:11:47 EST 2011 Robert Frank Kensington, MI
397 Tue Nov 22 02:10:33 EST 2011 Robert Frank Kensington, MI
396 Mon Nov 21 22:09:25 EST 2011 Patrick Gomez CA
395 Mon Nov 21 21:12:07 EST 2011 xiomara hayes NYC, NY
394 Mon Nov 21 19:20:33 EST 2011 keith brooks NY
393 Mon Nov 21 15:27:11 EST 2011 Paula Weiner Trumbull, CT
392 Mon Nov 21 15:22:32 EST 2011 Sydel Vergara NY
391 Mon Nov 21 14:32:35 EST 2011 Therese Camillone New Rochelle, NY
390 Mon Nov 21 12:28:34 EST 2011 Dia Pearce Detroit, MI
389 Mon Nov 21 12:24:35 EST 2011 Chris Asch New York, NY
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