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Journalists join forces to protest police treatment during Occupy protests in New York



On Monday, 13 news organizations filed a complaint with the New York City Police Department complaining of the way journalists were beaten, arrested and prevented from doing their jobs during the Occupy Wall Street protests, according to The New York Times.

The journalism organizations represented on the letter of protest included representatives from The New York Times, the Associated Press, The New York Post, The Daily News, Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones & Company, National Press Photographers Association, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Other journalism groups also announced Monday they had formed the Coalition for the First Amendment to monitor police behavior toward the press, and to "fight" further censorship, said New York Magazine and the New York Press Club.

The New York Civil Liberties Union also sent a letter of complaint to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, arguing that "the NYPD is aggressively blocking journalists from doing their constitutionally protected work and in some instances is even targeting journalists for mistreatment," reported the Associated Press.

Citing various journalists who were arrested, beaten, or blocked from taking photographs, the letter of protest said, "The police actions of last week have been more hostile to the press than any other event in recent memory,” reported another New York Times article, which also questioned the city's controversial press credentialing process.



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