during #mediablackout do NOT scoop the wire : EvictionDay
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/15/2011 Nov 15, 2011 04:45 PM EST TheWashingtonPost
By about 4 a.m. today, New York City police had pushed the media out of Zuccotti Park and were preparing to evict the few dozen protesters who remained. Yet there I was, standing in the park amid a gaggle of high-ranking officers, quietly watching the whole thing unfold. "You gonna occupy awhile?" one officer cracked to another. "Yeah," the other guy smiled. I stood next to them against a short granite wall, trying to avoid notice.
The police arrested some 200 people, including this reporter, in and around the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park early Tuesday. While some officers, many in riot gear, moved into the park, others blocked access to the park within a one- to two-block radius, also closing subway stations in the area as well as access to the Brooklyn Bridge. At around 1:45 a.m., finding all routes to the park blocked, this reporter filmed scuffles between the police and a crowd of more than 100 demonstrators near the intersection of Broadway and Cortlandt Street, about one block north of Zuccotti Park. As shown in the video above, protesters chanted “Shame!” and “This is a peaceful protest!”
By ANDREW GROSSMAN , ALISON FOX and SEAN GARDINER Occupy Wall Street activists grappled with the future of their movement after a police raid and a day of legal drama ended their hold on a Manhattan park that had become the symbolic center of the world-wide protest. After protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning it's not clear if the demonstrations will end or if they'll enter a new phase. WSJ's Hilke Schellmann reports from downtown Manhattan.
A photographer is arrested as police clear a private space of Occupy Wall Street protesters on November 15, 2011. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) NEW YORK (CBSNewsYork/AP) – Officials say several journalists were arrested while covering the raid and eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the journalists were among 200 who were arrested following the raid. PHOTOS: NYPD Raid On Zuccotti Park Associated Press writer Karen Matthews and photographer Seth Wenig were taken into custody Tuesday along with Daily News reporter Matthew Lysiak.
12.00 noon: Welcome to our continuing coverage of the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in New York . Here is a summary of events so far today. • Police in New York have cleared the Occupy Wall Street camp from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, where it has been based since 17 September. Officers with helmets and shields arrived around 1am, set up floodlights and ordered the 200 or so activists to leave .
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images NEW YORK - In a surprise overnight move, police here on early Tuesday cleared out Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan where Occupy Wall Street protesters had been camped out for about two months. The raid happened as journalists trying to cover the event were kept at a distance and at times were treated violently, according to the Huffington Post . Most reporters were barred from getting too close to the action, it said. Using the Twitter hashtag "#mediablackout," some journalists tweeted that that police had blocked them from seeing what was happening or had acted violently, according to the Huffington Post .
Occupy Wall Street 'Media Blackout': Journalists Arrested, Roughed Up, Blocked From Covering ClearingUPDATE : The Society Of Professional Journalists has condemned the arrests of reporters carried out by the New York Police Department during their raid of the Occupy Wall Street encampment. In a statement on Tuesday, the group noted that at least six journalists had been arrested, and called "for all charges against these journalists to be dropped and for greater care by police to avoid arresting or otherwise obstructing journalists who are simply and clearly doing their jobs." It also stressed that "the journalists were either wearing press credentials or explained to police that they were reporters covering the protests," and argued, "they were clearly exercising the constitutional right of a free press...it is clear now that many journalists have been erroneously arrested without cause." The New York Press club also condemned the Bloomberg administration for its apparent efforts to block journalists from witnessing the raid.
A police officer carries trash through Zuccotti Park (AP) During our coverage of the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early this morning, a NPR reporter, a New York Times reporter, and a city councilmember were arrested. Airspace in Lower Manhattan was closed to CBS and NBC news choppers by the NYPD, a New York Post reporter was allegedly put in a "choke hold" by the police, a NBC reporter's press pass was confiscated and a large group of reporters and protesters were hit with pepper spray. According to the eviction notice, the park was merely "cleaned and restored for its intended use." If this is the case, why were so few people permitted to view it?
For the past two months I have been tracking journalist arrests at Occupy protests around the country. Today, Nov. 15, was the worst day yet in terms of police suppression of the press. It all began in the middle of the night, when police moved in at 1 a.m. to forcibly evacuate Zuccotti Park, the original Occupy Wall Street encampment.
NEW YORK— Journalists at the overnight raid of Occupy Wall Street's New York encampment were kept at a distance from covering it Tuesday, and several were arrested, handcuffed and hauled onto police buses along with hundreds of protesters. At least half a dozen journalists were among those arrested in and around Zuccotti Park and at other protest sites in downtown Manhattan, according to demonstrators and other journalists who photographed and filmed their peers being taken into custody. Reporter Karen Matthews and photographer Seth Wenig of The Associated Press in New York were detained for about four hours after they followed protesters through an opening in a chain-link fence into a separate park owned by a church. Matthew Lysiak of the Daily News of New York was also arrested, according to witnesses and the Daily News. The police, who arrested 22 people at the church-owned park, said the reporters and protesters were trespassing on private property.
A high importance e-mail went out to Associated Press employees early Wednesday morning to remind them of Twitter rules in the wake of staff arrests at yesterday's local protests. "In relation to AP staff being taken into custody at the Occupy Wall Street story, we’ve had a breakdown in staff sticking to policies around social media and everyone needs to get with their folks now to tell them to knock it off," went one version of the e-mail sent from on high, as obtained by Daily Intel. "We have had staff tweet – BEFORE THE MATERIAL WAS ON THE WIRE – that staff were arrested."
By DNAinfo Staff MANHATTAN — Two journalists for DNAinfo.com were among a handful of reporters and photographers arrested Tuesday morning as they tried to cover the aftermath of the city's attempt to expel Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park . Patrick Hedlund, a DNAinfo.com News Editor, and Paul Lomax, a freelance photographer assigned to cover Occupy Wall Street for DNAinfo.com, were arrested in separate incidents. Hedlund, who has reported in the city and around the United States for seven years, was arrested about 4:30 a.m. outside the perimeter of Zuccotti Park.
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