Two journalism students and their teacher, photographer Ed Mattews (pictured above), learned their lessons about the Constitution of the United States when they and many other journalists covering the RNC convention this week were arrested.
These guys were charged with felony rioting. There were hundreds arrested on Monday, but no count on how many were journalists.
Those journalists not charged are still in jail and cannot get a hearing before a judge.
Other arrested journalists also had their press passes confiscated by the Secret Service.
Remember all the gab about the press being restricted in China during the Olympics? Check out this quote from CNN: “[China] is always afraid that if it lets its own people speak freely and spontaneously organize by itself, the Chinese communist party could be endangered or even be threatened.”
I guess the Republican party feels the same way.
Oh, and here’s Pres. Bush talking about the need for freedom of expression during the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Beijing.
Where’s the main stream media now, when it’s time to take a good hard look at our own country’s repression?