Monday, November 21, 2011

Rare Exception to Media Blackout of Media Blackout

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Local news report was a rare exception to the pattern of mainstream media's blackout of the story that the police were imposing a media blackout. Chris Glorioso's reporting was a rare exception to media blackout of NYPD's suppression of reporting on OWS eviction. SEE Representative Press Blog:

Occupy Crackdown Targets Journalists "For the past two months I have been tracking journalist arrests at Occupy protests around the country. Tuesday, Nov. 15, was the worst day yet in terms of police suppression of the press."
Press Suppression at Occupy Wall Street Raid "Around 1:00am on Tuesday, Nov 15th, the NYPD moved in to clear Zuccotti Park of all protestors and equipment. Over the next 12 hours, both independent and mainstream journalists were prevented from covering the story, and 8 credentialed journalists (including AP, NPR, NY Daily News) were arrested."
"Reporters from news organizations big and small all flocked down to the park once word broke that police were clearing out, and there they found police who were hostile, barred them from entering the area, and even in a few cases, got violent. It was very clear that the police and Mayor Bloomberg did not want the press, or the rest of America to see what was happening here. The mainstream media gave coverage to the fact that the raid happened, but didn't even mention the fact that journalists were being barred from covering it." The Alyona Show 1:28

Occupy Wall Street: NYPD attempt media blackout at Zuccotti Park
Journalists report aggressive treatment as media blocked from protest camp during surprise police raid
Journalists Obstructed at Zuccotti Park "The NYPD has come under fire from journalists for deliberately blocking their view of the overnight eviction at Zuccotti Park. Chris Glorioso was one of the first reporters on the scene, and offers his first-hand account here." By NBC New York "VIDEO: Media Pushed Back from Occupy Wall Street Raid Police and mayor said it was for their protection."
"Several members of the media reported being blocked from covering the Occupy Wall Street raid overnight, with police pushing them back from the action and preventing reporting and photographing ... journalists were detained by police, including AP writer Karen Matthews, AP photographer Seth Wenig and Daily News reporter Matthew Lysiak, the AP said. ... journalists who identified themselves as working for the New York Post and New York Daily News were pushed back by police in riot gear, along with NBC New York's Chris Glorioso." "Using the hashtag #mediablackout, journalists tweeted throughout the raid about their dustups with police." (from article by By Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz | Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011)
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