Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was arrested for her coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline. Should she have been arrested?
For background, The pipeline is meant to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline has been opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as its path would both A.) run under the tribe’s water source, and B.) would destroy their sacred land.
How does Amy Goodman fit into this?
Goodman is a reporter for Democracy Now! and was covering the pipeline protest on September 3. During her coverage, protesters went over the fence between them and the pipeline workers. Protesters kept moving forward through the construction site as Goodman and her camera crew followed where they recorded protesters getting attacked by dogs and pepper sprayed.
Honestly, it’s ridiculous to me that a journalist, who was doing her job covering a protest would be arrested. That’s the best way I can describe it. Ridiculous.
If there are people that should be arrested, it should be those from both the pipeline and the protesters who acted out in aggression, violating the right of peaceful assembly.
Goodman’s attempted arrest comes across as a move by Dakota Access to minimize as much media coverage of the pipeline’s construction as possible. A pipeline mind you, that’s had its opposition supported by the United Nations.
The day corporations begin charging journalists with weak offenses to prevent them from showing the rest of the world what is going on is the day we need to re-evaluate what we, as a society value. Truth, or oil.