Created 11/19/2010 by: Dave Lindorff
Is it news when police photograph and videotape demonstrations?
Apparently for American editors and reporters, making that news judgement depends on where the demonstration occurs and what nationality the police are.
When a hundred artists gathered outside a Beijing courtroom in mid-November to protest the jailing of artist Wu Yuren, who had earlier been beaten by police and jailed because he had gone to a police station to file a complaint against a landlord, the New York Times ran an article by reporter Andrew Jacobs which pointedly noted that police officers had videotaped the crowd, and then quoted a demonstrator, artist Dou Bu, as saying, “I was scared to come out here today, but you have to face your fears.”
Pam and Ramona Africa will be keynote speakers at the Social Justice Summit at Humboldt State University, beginning at 5pm on Friday, March 5th in the Kate Buchanan Room. [If you're a student, the whole summit is free; if you're not a student, the whole summit is free anyway- at least I've always just gone- no ticket collectors, etc.]