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posted by martyb on Wednesday October 19 2016, @01:09PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-of-the-press dept.

Amy Goodman, host of the New York City-based leftist news programme Democracy Now! was charged with criminal trespass by the North Dakota state's attorney (prosecutor). The charge was changed to riot, then was dismissed due to lack of evidence when Goodman appeared in court on Monday. The charges stemmed from her presence at a protest in September against construction of the Dakota Access (Bakken) oil pipeline, after the protest was reported on her show.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by sjames on Wednesday October 19 2016, @06:54PM

    by sjames (2882) on Wednesday October 19 2016, @06:54PM (#416284) Journal

    First they charged her with tresspass. After she traveled back to ND to answer the charges, they dropped them and then charged her with inciting a riot to start the process over. Now they have dropped that too.

    As tghey say, you can beat the rap but you can't beat the ride. It's a clear abuse of the judicial system using the court and it's power to compel her appearance as a crude bludgeon. If the prosecutor actually believed either of those charges held a drop of water, they'd have happily gone to trial or at least attempted a plea bargain.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 19 2016, @09:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 19 2016, @09:16PM (#416346)

    Before her court appearance, she set up shop across from the courthouse and made her morning broadcast.

    This stuff is only giving North Dakota and Morton County persecutor^W District Attorney Ladd Erickson black eyes.

    ...and, as for "Leftist" in TFS, I have never heard Amy advocate for anti-Capitalism.
    Now, she -is- anti-Authoritarian (a separate axis on the political palate).

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

    • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Thursday October 20 2016, @04:55AM

      by butthurt (6141) on Thursday October 20 2016, @04:55AM (#416483) Journal

      This pipeline project is a manifestation of capitalism, is it not? She covered the protests against it in a way that was sympathetic to the protesters.

      In 1998 she co-produced Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship.'s_Oil_Dictatorship []

      From the transcript:

      Oil was discovered in Nigeria at almost the same time the country gained independence from the British in 1960. Since then there have been several coups and assassinations. But one thing has remained a constant—the role of multinational oil companies in propping up the country’s military dictatorships.

      Chima Ubani[:] "they are simply continuing what theTransAtlantic slave trade and British colonialism did to us in the past."

      Chima Ubani is a member of Nigeria’s oldest human rights group, the civil liberties organization and has been imprisoned several times, resisting successive military regimes.

      Chima Ubani: "and the struggles of our people today to rid ourselves of these agencies is merely an extension of our struggle for national independence. And our independence is not yet won until we send these exploitative forces packing from our soil."

      -- []

      Last year she interviewed the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy, who said

      Ninety [percent] of all the earnings of the biggest companies in America in the last five years have gone for stock buybacks and dividends. It’s not being invested. It’s not building new factories. It’s not employing more people.

      So, the real problem is that we’re in a nonrecovery in America, and Europe is in an absolute class war of austerity. That’s what the eurozone is, an austerity zone.

      -- []

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 20 2016, @10:12AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 20 2016, @10:12AM (#416553)

        Amy is against the sloppy way some Capitalists conduct their business.
        That's different from being anti-Capitalist.

        She doesn't seem to be opposed to concentrated wealth nor a lack of Democracy in the Workplace.

        Hey, if you look real hard, you can occasionally find a Capitalist who isn't a complete asshole.
        Aaron Feuerstein: The Mensch of Malden Mills []

        -- OriginalOwner_ []