List of journalists detained and arrested during RNC

Posted on September 5th, 2008 – 9:51 AM
By James Shiffer

UPDATE, 9/19: Mayor Chris Coleman announces that all charges will be dropped against journalists who were arrested at the RNC.

Detained during Saturday’s pre-emptive raids

Eileen Clancy and other members of I-Witness Video, a New York-based media collective, handcuffed for an hour, questioned and released without charges
Elizabeth Press, Democracy Now!, also detained and released without charges

Arrested at Monday’s protest in St. Paul

Matt Rourke, Associated Press photographer, arrested, jailed for 12 hours and released without charges
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! host, jailed for three hours, charged with misdemeanor interference with a peace officer
Nicole Salazar, Democracy Now! producer, jailed for five hours, charged with felony riot, charge dropped
Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! producer, jailed for five hours, charged with felony riot, charge dropped
Ed Matthews, University of Kentucky photojournalism student, jailed for 36 hours, charged with felony riot
Britney McIntosh, University of Kentucky photojournalism student, jailed for 36 hours, charged with felony riot
Jim Winn, University of Kentucky journalism adviser, jailed for 36 hours, charged with felony riot
Jason Nicholas, free lance photographer with the New York Post, released Wednesday after two days in jail, charged with unlawful assembly and obstructing the legal process

Detained and arrested at Thursday’s protest – links will take you to their testimonials

Amy Forliti, Associated Press reporter
Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press reporter
Jonathan Malat, KARE-11 photojournalist
Tom Aviles, WCCO photojournalist
Paul Demko, Minnesota Independent
Suzanne Hughes, volunteer coordinator with The Uptake, charged with unlawful assembly
Ben Garvin, Pioneer Press photographer
Stephen Maturen, Minnesota Daily assistant picture editor
John P. Wise, MyFox national editor
Alice Kalthoff, editor
Ted Johnson, Variety managing editor
Matt Snyders, City Pages
Mark Skinner, reporter, University of Nevada Las Vegas “Rebel Yell”
Art Hughes, free lance reporter
Seth Rowe, community editor, St. Louis Park Sun-Sailor

And others – I’ll be updating the list as I get more information

A nonprofit media reform group, Free Press, says it will deliver a petition this morning with 50,000 signatures demanding that charges against journalists be dropped. The Society of Professional Journalists is also expressing outrage at arrests at both the RNC and Democratic National Convention last month in Denver.

St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington told the Pioneer Press earlier this week that journalists in the middle of a riot can’t be protected from arrest and said police couldn’t make the “fine distinctions” between illegal demonstrators and working journalists in the midst of chaos.

Source: Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, MinnPost, The Uptake, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Variety, MyFox, City Pages, St. Louis Park Sun-Sailor

10 Responses to "List of journalists detained and arrested during RNC"

Doan0401 says:

September 5th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Good to hear they were arrested… I hope a couple got a good dose of mace while they were at it. Take your pictures and video….but don’t interfere with police officers trying to do their jobs. I feel the police deserve a round of applause…Good Job Men and Women in BLUE!!

MasteroftheObvious says:

September 5th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Doan – you are an idiot. A complete and total moron.

Think, if you can, that the reporters were also trying to do their job.

When we begin to sacrifice our constitutional freedoms for poorly defined security and political considerations, our freedom and our nation is weakened.

As a wounded veteran, I recognize and encourage all Americans to assert their rights.


Tracy says:

September 5th, 2008 at 7:29 pm


You discounted your entire argument by throwing names out there. Way to go.

Reporter can use zoom on their cameras and don’t have to be smack in the middle of things just so they can sell 10 more papers than the next guy. I believe they should be prosecuted just as much as the next guy.

Deacon says:

September 5th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Yeah–American soldiers are risking and losing their lives abroad, believing they are protecting American freedoms. And here in the Twin Cities, we are taking them away. Anyone else notice the irony?
Given what happened at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, I assumed our police department in St. Paul would prepare for what could happen here. It is clear to me they were not at all prepared. The heads of the police department do not appear to have done their job.
And apparently the Secret Service is above the law.

Doan0401 says:

September 8th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

An opposing argument filled with valid retorts and well thought out opinions…. oh wait, instead it was highschool revisited and people calling me names for having an opinion that differs from them. Must feel powerful. I must disagree with your opinion and state that yes, reporters were trying to do their jobs…. however, so were the officers. So if a police officer asks you to step onto the sidewalk and get out of the way and you refuse to (Amy Goodman), I feel absolutely no sympathy for you. You have a right to freedom of press, however that does not mean you have full immunity to do whatever it is you please. Get your video, pictures, or whatever else you need but get out of the way of the officers. Plus wouldn’t your video be a little better pulled slightly back from the crowd? And I find it interesting that her porducers are being charged with felony riot…

Spicebear says:

September 8th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

It looks to me like a fair number of them are associated with college or “movement” media. I wonder if they weren’t part of the protest groups themselves. Were the police looking for fake credentials??

Spicebear says:

September 8th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

BTW. The Wikipedia entry for Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman has recently been over-hauled to reflect this weekends events. I agree that if she refused a police order she had it coming. I wonder what her “producers” did?

DogTrain says:

September 9th, 2008 at 7:46 am

I am wondering why we can’t get more reporters arrested on a regular basis – it would probably improve the “news”.

A random question sort of associated with the topic – why should St. Paul only get a decent amount of security during the convention? Why not on a regular basis?

Doan0401 says:

September 9th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

DogTrain…. Love it. Most people in the media lack the skills to perform genuine, decent, and relevant reporting.

Plk0502 says:

September 19th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

The police during that national security event WERE and WILL BE trying to intimidate media, regardless of what the hyper-patriots Doan0401, DogTrain, or any other of you law and order uber alles types say.