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    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    Call to Action on Behalf of DN! Journalists Facing Charges for Reporting on the Republican National Convention

    Today it is critical that you make your voice heard in the Ramsey County Attorney and St. Paul City Attorney offices. Demand that they drop all pending and current charges against journalists arrested while reporting on protests outside the Republican National Conventions.

    Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention.

    The Ramsey County Attorney’s office is in the process of deciding whether or not to press felony P.C. (probable cause) riot charges against Democracy Now! Producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Please contact Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner by all means possible to demand that her office not press charges against Kouddous and Salazar.

    Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
    RCA at co.ramsey.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
    651-266-3222

    Susan Gaertner for Governor
    info at susangaertner.com (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
    (612) 978-8625
    (612)804-6156

    The St. Paul City Attorney’s office has already charged Amy Goodman with misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a peace officer. Contact St. Paul City Attorney John Choi by all means possible to demand that the charges against Goodman be dropped immediately.

    St. Paul City Attorney John Choi
    john.choi at ci.stpaul.mn.us (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org) (651) 266-8710

    During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, as was a photographer for the Associated Press.

    IMPORTANT

    Be sure to cc: dropthecharges@democracynow.org on all emails so that our team can deliver print outs of your messages to the St. Paul City Attorney and Ramsey County Attorney offices.

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