Tell the Republican and Democratic Parties: Uphold Press Freedom at the RNC and DNC
The political conventions are about to start and we’re worried.
Throughout the presidential campaign, candidates and their supporters have threatened and intimidated reporters trying to do their jobs and activists documenting events.
Journalists have been restricted to media “pens,” banned from entry and mocked. And that abuse has extended to activists and other people chronicling events.
Protests are expected at both conventions, and that means security will be out too. Both journalists and activists will be streaming and photographing accounts of any police actions and arrests — and political parties must safeguard their First Amendment right to do so.
Free Press stands with our allies at PEN America in demanding that this harassment stop. We must protect everyone’s right to record at the political conventions and beyond.
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Original photo by Flickr user Glenn Halog