Baton Vs. Camera: Police Openly Hunt for Citizen Journalists (Video)

Via RT:

As the consolidated corporate media machine fails in its function as the fourth estate, citizen journalists and independent press outlets are there to pick up the slack. But this important task is becoming increasingly threatened by the harsh treatment at the hands of the police force. Citizen based media is often targeted by police for reporting unfiltered truths, or they are lumped together with activists/protesters and beaten or arrested.

As more and more Americans choose alternative news sources to find out what is really happening in their country, harassing those providing first hand reports muzzles the free flow of information and poses a threat to democracy. Abby Martin explores the subject for RT.

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12 Comments on "Baton Vs. Camera: Police Openly Hunt for Citizen Journalists (Video)"

  1. it’s funny how “democracies” tend to not like a free press
    while at the same time
    propagandizing about their wonderfully free press
    which is only wonderful when the elites control the content

    I don’t mind the repression as much as I mind the hypocrisy.

  2. Still a timely subject that the big players don’t touch. You’d think after the number of major network reporters who have been hassled for being in the wrong place when cops went wild…that they’d show some real indignation and get with the program…but no…they settle out of court, keep mum or leave it a blurb on the back pages. Its a shame we’ve come down to having to weigh the worth of our media by thinking carefully about what they don’t or won’t say.

    • charlieprimero | Jun 18, 2012 at 1:03 am |

       Well said.

    • A look at Fox “News” gives a glimpse of the future of all corporate media.

      The operating principle seems to be: stir the viewers’ EMOTIONS, not their MINDS.

      The US is a country fueled almost exclusively by bullshit and fear.

  3. Silbermansmith | Jun 18, 2012 at 2:17 am |

    This is very Good Video for the Journalist .

  4. Let’s not forget, under which US President has the grown, with complete and total silence from the Uncle Tom, who is quick to offer well spoken empty words on meaningless issues but only offers silence and behind the scenes conspiratorial Federal Law Enforcement attacks on the truth.
    Barack ‘The Betrayer’ Obama, bringing you the conservative government of your nightmares.

    • Democrats and Republicans are both arms of the Corporatist Party of America… stop dividing people on irrelevant lines.  Bush before Obama was doing all the same things, the President holds no power, they are figureheads following the orders of the globalist bankers.

  5. Camron Wiltshire | Jun 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

    Kudos Abby!  I imagine you are inspiring the next generation of advant journalism daily and hopefully you will see your numbers growing in time.  Thank you for doing what Amy Goodman pretends to, or once did….

  6. The only thing to get is money | Jun 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

    This report would be great! If it were not funded and sponsored by RT(Russia Today). We all know that countries will slander each other for their own interests.

  7. Jesus Borg | Jun 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm |

    Russia is a Mafia state.

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