Media Harassment In Ferguson, Mo., on Rise as Al Jazeera America Adds to Complaints

Media Harassment Ferguson, Mo., on Rise
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Police in Ferguson, Mo., fired rubber bullets at a news crew working for Al Jazeera America, according to the cable-news outlet, raising the number of journalists who have reported tussles with authorities there as they seek to cover violence and protest breaking out in the St. Louis suburb.

The Al Jazeera crew “were easily identifiable as a working television crew,” said Jocelyn Austin, a spokeswoman for the Qatar-backed cable network. “As they were setting up their camera for a live report, tear gas canisters landed in their proximity and police fired rubber bullets in their direction. Police continued to shoot after crew members clearly and repeatedly shouted ‘Press.’ ”

Unrest has broken out in Ferguson after the killing of Michael Brown, a local teen who was shot and killed by police last weekend.

Two reporters covering recent events in the area for other outlets – Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post – reported they were arrested by police in a restaurant for what they said was no discernible reason. Both were released without being charged. Other journalists and photojournalists working in the area have complained of being shot at with rubber bullets.

Al Jazeera has requested an investigation of police conduct. “Al Jazeera America is stunned by this egregious assault on freedom of the press that was clearly intended to have a chilling effect on our ability to cover this important story. Thankfully all three crew members are physically fine,” Austin said. “We believe that this situation must be investigated along with those involving our colleagues at other media outlets.”

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  1. occultology says:

    Wake up America…this Police State is coming to a city near you. In Ferguson, Missouri, we have Complete Lawlessness masquerading as “Law Enforcement”; we have a completely reckless mad dog Killer Cop still unnamed and still roaming free on the loose, being “protected” while unarmed innocent American citizens — who have the Unalienable Right to protest this tragic injustice being fired upon with tear gas, rubber & pepper bullets, merely for exercising their (supposed) “Constitutionally-Guaranteed Bill of Rights” in public. The name of the “Police Officer” in any shooting is supposed to be released to the public within 72 hours…not happening (just another example of Criminals acting like ‘The Law’). Agenda 21, folks. Meanwhile, where is the “Leadership” and just exactly who is “in charge” here? Every single decision made by the powers that be in this epic cartoon of insanity has been both completely Lawless and utterly Stupid. In Ferguson, Missouri, we see men without brains dressed up in expensive suits pretending to represent “We The People”. How do you like your military armaments now, when they are turned against you, the American Tax Payers?

  2. Jae Ban Ree says:

    they’re hiding a police officer who committed murder in the first degree. didn’t you know that all young African American men are actually mutants with superhuman powers? the only way to stop them is to shoot and kill them. they’re the most dangerous when they’re unarmed.

  3. pops07 says:

    Damn! This is the same thing that happened during the Birmingham, AL unrest in the Rosa Parks affair. I was a stringer for ABC News then and barely avoided the water hoses.

  4. Mickey says:

    Sounds like Ferguson has a bigger problem than we were all thinking. Cops are HIDING something. I just heard their email was hacked. I bet we are about to find out.

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