With many of the arrested journalists at our side we delivered more than 60,000 letters (collected in less than 48 hours) demanding that St. Paul authorities drop charges against all journalists arrested during last week's Republican National Convention.
The charges have not been dropped yet, but we are going to keep the pressure on until they are. If you have not already, please send this email to your friends and ask them to help join our call.
In the meantime, here are videos of the event filmed by the citizen journalists at TheUptake.org:
"From the pre-convention raids to the ongoing harassment and arrests of journalists, these have been dark days for press freedom in the United States ," said Nancy Doyle Brown of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, before she helped to deliver the Free Press letters.
"Tragically, there are stories that the world needed to hear this week that will never be told," Brown said. "They won't be told because reporters working on them were sitting in the back of squad cars, were stripped of their cameras, or were face down on the pavement with their hands cuffed behind their backs."
Many journalists still face charges. Free Press will not rest until these charges are dropped. You can help by sending more letters to St. Paul: Tell a Friend to Take Action
Friday's rally sent a powerful message in support of journalists and free speech and against press intimidation. You played a vital role in making this happen.