WP: "Most disturbingly, the NYPD sought to block any and all press from covering this eviction." Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/15/2011. WSJ: Journalists detained at NYC Occupy protests. Associated Press 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. Mike Bloomberg: NYC will continue to prote... Hunterw: I was blocked from viewing... Andy Carvin: NPR freelancer Julie Walke... Julie Walker: Am still reporting on #OWS... Occupy Wall Street Media Blackout, Police State. Media Blackout at OWS. Eviction @ #Occupy Wall Street, Journalists kicked out as police beat sitting protestors. The Climactic Minutes of Last Night's Occupy Raid.
Inside Police Lines at the Occupy Wall Street Eviction. 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.
Like the other reporters who'd swarmed to Lower Manhattan to cover the eviction, I'd quickly discovered that the media was not allowed here. As occupiers streamed out of the park, harried by baton-wielding cops, I resolved to get inside. "That's great, he said, pointing away from the park. I waited, and when nobody was looking, I crossed back over as confidently as I could and entered a scrum of suit-wearing police brass and cleanup workers scrubbing the park's sidewalk. "I'm only 24 hours off mine," Eddie joked. "It's good for you, Eddie," the cop said.
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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Evicted, Grapple With Future of Movement. 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.
Police in a predawn sweep cleared out a tent city the protesters had erected in the downtown park, marking a dramatic turn in what has become a vexing saga for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Later in the day, a judge backed up the mayor's move, ruling in favor of the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties Inc., that it could enforce rules against camping in the park. The forced evacuation came as other cities around the world have started to take similar steps, including Toronto, London and Oakland, Calif. It wasn't clear whether the eviction in New York will end the protest or push it into a new phase that could be harder for police to control. As unruly as the encampment often was, it was easy for police to monitor since it was in a fixed site. Mr. Justin Elliott: WSJ: cops got special "dis... The United States Conference of Mayors. Seth Wenig (@sdwenig) sur Twitter. Media Pushed Back from Protest Raid. [video]NY1: Insider View Of Zuccotti Park Raid.
CBS New York: Several Journalists Among Those Arrested During Zuccotti Park Raid. From our newsroom to your inbox weekday mornings at 9AM.
Sign Up 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. Matthews and Wenig were taken into custody after they followed protesters through an opening in a chain-link fence into a park, according to an AP reporter and other witnesses. Wall Street Journal reporter Alison Fox saw Matthews and Lysiak being placed in handcuffs. Patrick Hedlund was among several reporters arrested during coverage of the OWS protests on Nov. 15. Daveweigel: @joshharkinson has Zuccott... Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site. 4:26 p.m. | Updated As New York City police cleared the Occupy Wall Street campsite in Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, many journalists were blocked from observing and interviewing protesters.
Some called it a “media blackout” and said in interviews that they believed that the police efforts were a deliberate attempt to tamp down coverage of the operation. The city blog Gothamist put it this way: “The NYPD Didn’t Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted.” As a result, much of the early video of the police operation was from the vantage point of the protesters. Videos that were live-streamed on the Web and uploaded to YouTube were picked up by television networks and broadcast on Tuesday morning. Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park eviction - live updates.
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 . Around 70 people were arrested. NYTimes reports "At least four journalists" arreste.
Inside Police Lines at the Occupy Wall Street Eviction. Media Kept at Distance as NY Police Clear Occupy Wall Street Encampment. 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 Clearing. UPDATE: 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. Press Suppression at Occupy Wall Street Raid · bendoernberg. The NYPD Didn't Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted. 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? "Get the fuck back! Police began vigorously jamming the torsos of those who stood on the sidewalk with their batons. Occupy Crackdown Targets Journalists « Groundswell. 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. Journalists arrested, roughed up as police clear Zuccotti Park of OWS protesters. Chad Roedemeier: AP reporter Karen Matthews... Poynter: AP staff tweeting about OW... Associated Press Staff Scolded for Tweeting Too Quickly About OWS Arrests. 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. " The official rules note, "Don’t break news that we haven’t published, no matter the format. " (Reuters spells out the same idea plainly in their handbook: "Don't scoop the wire. ") Instead of getting "caught in the moment," the AP's freewheeling tweeters are urged in the e-mail to run "sensitive official AP business" through editors and corporate communications. Arrests Occupy Wall St. Trinity lot #ows 11.15.11.mp4. Nicole Bode: Video courtesy of @LeonieH...
Yoav Gonen: RT @leoniehaimson Video of... DNAinfo: Journalists Arrested While Covering OWS Police Raids. 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. Lomax, a seasoned photographer who has worked for news organizations throughout the city, was arrested at Duarte Square, near Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, at approximately noon after protesters had made their way there. He was released after roughly four hours with all charges dropped, he said.
Both Hedlund and Lomax had NYPD-issued press credentials. Michael Bloomberg's raid on Zuccotti Park and freedom of the press: 'Not tonight' More Tagging tips: A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find? The "Frozen Zone" Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images One of today's must-reads: This Josh Harkinson piece, written after he spent as long as possible at Occupy Wall Street, defying police orders to skedaddle. Not to spoil it, but he's pulled away after watching police tear up the encampment. In the process, he hears an unfamiliar term. "Can I help you? " an burly officer asked me, his helpfulness belied by his scowl. "I'm a reporter," I told him. "This is a frozen zone, alright? " Targeting Media Who Cover OWS.
Christopher Robbins: Protester to NYPD: "why ar... Michael Moore: The cop-pucation of #Occup... Protester to NYPD: "why are you occupying zuccotti park & what are your demands?" #ows. Sign at Foley Square: Mubarak, Gaddafi, Bloomberg. Raindrift: #NYPD #OWS PR disaster sco... RT: Crackdown on OWS camps coo... Update: 'Occupy' crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials - Minneapolis Top News. Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict "Occupy" protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night's move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.
The official, who spoke on background to me late Monday evening, said that while local police agencies had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies, the ultimate decision on how each jurisdiction handles the Occupy protests ultimately rests with local law enforcement. According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules.
Poynter: The only business people l... Society of Professional Journalists News: SPJ condemns arrests of journalists at Occupy protests. NY Press Club Demands Investigation Into Reporters Arrested at Occupy Wall Street. Nashville Scene reporter catches own Occupy Nashville arrest on video. Nashville Scene reporter, Jonathan Meador, who was arrested early Saturday morning by Tennessee highway patrol officers during an Occupy Nashville protest, told an officer repeatedly that he was a member of the media, according to video and audio of the arrest captured by Meador's camera and later posted on the Nashville Scene website.
Meador was cited by the troopers later for public intoxication. In the audio from the video, Meador's voice sounds clear and steady. A few minutes before the state troopers descended on Legislative Plaza, Meador is heard identifying himself as with the Nashville Scene, and asking protesters their names. Reporters detained, arrested across the country in "Occupy" protests. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer is the latest journalist to be arrested while covering the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have sprung up across the nation, raising questions about how police should define and handle reporters documenting the protests.
Although the detentions and arrests have raised alarm with some media organizations, police contend that it is often difficult to separate the journalists covering the events from those participating in the protests, especially when making mass apprehensions. The Sentinel’s Kristyna Wentz-Graff was photographing the arrest of a protestor Wednesday, who was marching as part of a solidarity rally that started at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, when she herself was restrained and arrested by an officer.
Journalists obstructed from covering OWS protests. OCCUPYWALLSTREET: If ur enraged that @MikeBl... Media Can Avoid NYPD Arrest By Getting Press Pass They Can’t Get. To employ a tired journalism cliche, call it a classic Catch-22. Stu Loeser, a spokesman for New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says the best way for reporters to avoid being arrested while covering Occupy Wall Street is to carry a press pass issued by the New York Police Department. 25 26 Arrested Reporters and What They Do.
Bloomberg Spokesperson Admits Arresting Credentialed Reporters, Reading The Awl. In Light of ‘Occupy’ Arrests, New Group ‘To Monitor NYPD/Press Relations’ News Organizations Complain About Treatment During Protests. @PennyRed Occupy the media.
N.Y.P.D. Stops Reporters With Badges and Fists. The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy. This global financial fraud and its gatekeepers. Massive Drum Circle for Bloomberg. Bloomberg/Warlord? Fired! NYPD Orders Officers Not to Interfere With Press. Mayor Bloomberg Defends NYPD's Handling Of Press During Raid. Continued. Occupy the Lens.