Political conventions

Letter to Cleveland Mayor, Police Chief on gas mask restrictions

July 14, 2016

The Reporters Committee and a coalition of news organizations wrote to the Cleveland mayor and police chief, objecting to the city's policy banning gas masks during protests. We argued that journalists, who would not be engaged in the activity that prompts the use of tear gas, need to cover these newsworthy events, and that police should allow credentialed journalists to carry them near the protests and parades.

New York City settles for $18 million over RNC arrests of journalists, protesters

Cindy Gierhart | Newsgathering | News | January 16, 2014
January 16, 2014

The city of New York has reached an $18 million settlement over the arrest of roughly 1,800 protesters, journalists, and bystanders at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Journalists, often those who were not credentialed, were among the many swept into holding pens at Pier 57 in New York City, some held for a couple hours and others held well over 24 hours. The conditions in the detention facilities – a former bus depot along the Hudson River – were described as filthy with poor ventilation, according to the New York Times.

Reporters Committee announces political convention, G-8 hotlines for journalists

Press Release | February 1, 2012
February 1, 2012
Reporters Committee announces political convention, G-8 hotlines for journalists

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will partner with premier local law firms in Florida and North Carolina to operate special 24-hour Media Hotlines for journalists who may be impeded or arrested while covering the upcoming political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte. The hotlines, which have been arranged by the Reporters Committee for national party conventions for the last 40 years, will ensure that free legal assistance to reporters and photographers covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions will be only a telephone call away.

Journalists arrested at '08 RNC settle lawsuit

Nicole Lozare | Newsgathering | Feature | October 3, 2011
October 3, 2011

A settlement was announced today in the case of three journalists arrested during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota who later filed a federal suit against the U.S. Secret Service and the police departments of Minneapolis and St. Paul for what they call unlawful arrests while they were trying to cover a protest.

Report on St. Paul convention arrests due this week

Gregg Leslie | Newsgathering | Feature | January 12, 2009
January 12, 2009

Last summer’s Republican National Convention is just a memory in St. Paul now, but the controversy surrounding the overwhelming police presence and resulting mass arrests of protesters and journalists lives on. The St. Paul Ad-Hoc RNC Investigating Commission is expected to submit its final report to the City Council this Wednesday, although it is unknown if it will settle the issues or even be made publicly available.

Charges dropped against ABC producer arrested at DNC

Jordan Zappala | Newsgathering | Quicklink | October 17, 2008
October 17, 2008

Trespass charges filed during the Democratic National Convention in August against an ABC News producer will be dropped, ABC reported.

"We are enormously gratified that the Denver city attorney has agreed to drop these outrageous charges," said Jeffrey Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News.

Fallout from St. Paul: freelancer returns home, is jailed again

Kathleen Cullinan | Newsgathering | Feature | September 26, 2008
September 26, 2008

Freelance photographer Jason Nicholas made news earlier this month as one of the unlucky journalists arrested in St. Paul during the Republican National Convention. But while the city claims it's backing off charges against the reporters, it looks like Nicholas's latest legal saga is just getting underway, as he sits in jail in New York.

All told, more than 40 journalists were detained in St. Paul, newspaper says

Kathleen Cullinan | Newsgathering | Quicklink | September 10, 2008
September 10, 2008

With the pepper spray cleared and the flash-bang grenades gone, the Minnesota Independent newspaper has put together a list of journalists who were detained or arrested around the Republican National Convention. The total: at least 42.

Up to 18 journalists cited while covering St. Paul protest arrests

Kathleen Cullinan | Newsgathering | Feature | September 5, 2008
September 5, 2008

More than a dozen journalists were cited and released in St. Paul Thursday night after they were penned in with a group of protesters arrested on a bridge.

Arrested at RNC, jailed for two days, photojournalist gives his account

Cristina Abello | Newsgathering | Feature | September 4, 2008
September 4, 2008

A New York Post freelance photographer was released from jail in St. Paul on Wednesday, two days after he was arrested covering the protests at the Republican National Convention.

Jason Nicholas, a credentialed photographer who freelances for the international photo agency Atlas Press and the Post, was arrested in St. Paul on Monday afternoon with several other photographers and journalists, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke and journalism students Ed Matthews and Britney McIntosh.