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Police arrest two foreign journalists at Los Angeles protest

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    NMU         CALIFORNIA         Newsgathering         Jul 20, 2001    

Police arrest two foreign journalists at Los Angeles protest

  • The pair face a 10-year sentence for violating a safety zone, according to Reporters Without Borders, which has protested the arrests to the Justice Department.

[Editor’s note: Steve Morgan was arrested with videographer Jorge Torres of Spain; Nick Clyde works for Greenpeace Australia. We regret the error.]

An Australian cameraman and a British photographer were arrested after covering a protest by Greenpeace members in Los Angeles on July 14.

The independent journalists, Nick Clyde, a videographer, and Steve Morgan, a photographer are held pending a trial that could slap them with 10 years in prison for “conspiring to violate a safety zone and violating an order,” according to a written statement from Reporters Without Borders. Clyde and Morgan covered a protest against the United States’ anti-missile test.

The Reporters Without Borders, a world wide advocate organization for press freedom, wrote to Attorney General John Aschroft to request an explanation for the arrest of the journalists.

A trial is scheduled for Aug. 13.

(State v. Morgan) EU

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