GBU Mountain News LXXI August 20, 2014.pdf
GBU Mountain News
August 20, 2014 - LXXI
attention on him. “When they got 20 or 30 feet away
from me with their guns drawn I got out of there. I got in
my car and threw both of my hands in the air.” Voss said
there were no protestors anywhere near where the place
he was when police confronted him.
Police officers were captured on video turning the Al
Jezeera’s video camera and other equipment toward the
ground. On, the very next day, Thursday, August 14, the
St. Charles County Regional SWAT Team put out a press
release stating that "...the SWAT Team has not been any
part of attempting to prevent media coverage. " However,
a raw video captured a military vehicle marked clearly as
"St. Charles County SWAT" rolling up to the Al Jazeera
lights and camera and taking them down (see the raw
David Carson, a photographer with the St. Louis Post
Dispatch, was threatened with arrest by police for taking
On Thursday, August 14, the National Press
Photographers Association objected in a letter to the
Police Chief of Ferguson to his department’s treatment of
the media operating in and around the town. The
association cited a “complete lack of understanding and
respect for the First Amendment as it applies to
The harassment and violence against journalists
continued on Sunday, August 18. According to news
reports, shortly after 10 p.m., police began launching tear
gas at protesters and demanded that reporters turn their
In a confrontation caught on the KARG Arugus Radio
livestream, a law enforcement official noticed Mustafa
Hussein filming with his camera lights on—which police
claim makes it hard for them to see—and confronted
him, allegedly pointing a gun at him. "Get down, get the
fuck out of here and get that light off, or you're getting
shot with this," the officer yells at Hussein.
Also threatened by police Sunday night was MSNBC's
Chris Hayes, who was filming when police told him,
"Media do not pass us, you're getting maced next time
you pass us."
Neil Munshi, of the Financial Times, wrote on Twitter
that he was ordered to leave a parking lot being used as a
staging area. But when he did, he was handcuffed and
briefly held by a Capt. Ron Johnson.
On Tuesday, August 19, the Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ) expressed concerns about the continued
harassment and detentions of journalists covering the
unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. "Ferguson is an
international story and journalists are going to cover it.
They have a right to do so without fearing for their safety
or liberty," said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney.
"The harassment and detention of reporters must stop.
From senior commanders on down, the word must go out
to security forces to let journalists do their job."
At least 11 journalists, including Scott Olson, a
photographer for Getty Images, have been detained and
released without charge since Saturday. Missouri police
also dared to arrest three German journalists. 26-year-old
Lukas Hermsmeier, a reporter with Germany's largest
tabloid "Bild" was shot with rubber-bullets, arrested, and
hours later released. Journalist Ansgar Graw working for
the national newspaper "Die Welt" und Frank Herrmann,
reporter for a variety of regional newspapers in Germany,
were also arrested on Monday (August 18) afternoon,
transported to a jail in St. Louis and three hours later
Other reporters that have been arrested by law
enforcement in Ferguson include Robert Klemko, Kerry
Picket (Breitbart News), Ryan Devereaux (The Intercept)
and Ryan J. Reilly.
The violence and harassment of the News Media in
Ferguson, Missouri is unfortunately only the visible tip
of the iceberg. Repression of a free media can be found
on all levels of government no matter what the political
Reporter Susie Cagle was arrested, detained and charged
while reporting on the Occupy Oakland Movement on
November 3, 2011. She was detained for approximately
fifteen hours and cited with failure to leave the scene of a
riot as if she were a demonstrator and not a journalist.
Photo by Elijah Nouvelage