|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
© 2001 The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press