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  • Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists.

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    Sep 03, 2008 | Columns & Articles
  • Senator Joseph Lieberman was given the headlining spot during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Lieberman, a close friend of McCain’s, dismissed Senator Barack Obama and urged Democrats to switch sides and support the McCain-Palin ticket in November. Former senator and GOP presidential hopeful, Fred Thompson, also spoke. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 03, 2008 | Story
  • Outside the Xcel Energy Center, thousands of people filled the streets of St. Paul for a rally and march organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films reports. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 03, 2008 | Story
  • One day after the historic Poor People’s March in St. Paul, we speak to the group’s national organizer, Cheri Honkala. She’s a longtime organizer and director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in Philadelphia. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 03, 2008 | Story
  • In these last few months of the Bush administration, as we continue to discuss the war in Iraq and the possibility of an attack on Iran, we turn to a man who was a UN weapons inspector inside Iraq in the 1990s: Scott Ritter. We speak with Ritter about Iran, Joe Biden’s role in the lead-up to the Iraq invasion and much more. Despite being a registered Republican, Ritter is backing Barack Obama. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 03, 2008 | Story
  • More than 280 people were arrested here in St. Paul Monday, the opening day of the Republican National Convention. Among them were several journalists covering the protests in the streets, including three of us at Democracy Now! Amy was detained trying to question police officers about the arrests of Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 02, 2008 | Story
  • Democratic Congress member Keith Ellison of Minnesota has been back in the Twin Cities this week closely monitoring the treatment of protesters and journalists at the RNC. He joins me now in St. Paul. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 02, 2008 | Story
  • Gena Berglund of Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild discusses the police tactics, including the targeting of journalists and use of excessive force on the street. On Monday, officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and concussion grenades at protesters and journalists. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 02, 2008 | Story
  • We return to the streets of St. Paul, where more than one hundred members of Iraq Veterans Against the War held a rally on Monday. The antiwar vets marched to the site of the Republican National Convention. Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films filed this report. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 02, 2008 | Story
  • Armed groups of police in the Twin Cities have raided more than half-a-dozen locations since Friday night in a series of "preemptive raids" before the Republican National Convention. The raids and detentions have targeted activists planning to protest the convention, as well as journalists and videographers documenting police actions at protests. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 01, 2008 | Story