February 28th, 2017 by Mickey Osterreicher and tagged Access, Arrest, CPJ, first amendment, free speech, journalism, journalist, Mickey Osterreicher, NAJA, national press photographers association, NPPA, ONA, photographers, photojournalism, photojournalist, police, SPJ
***** UPDATE 3/1/17 *******
The seized cameras, phones and equipment belonging to visual journalists, Tonita Cervantes and Tracie Williams, was returned to them today.
Today, the NPPA joined by the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, the Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists sent a letter to Morton County State’s Attorney, Allen Koppy, seeking the return of all equipment and personal items seized from visual journalists, Tonita Cervantes and Tracie Williams subsequent to their arrest last week while covering events at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp. Their attorney, Matthew E. Kelley, of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP made a similar request yesterday.
This follows on the heels of a previous letter sent by the same group urging officials to allow journalists to do their work at Standing Rock.
Today’s letter also requests that “the charges be dropped against these two journalists in the interst of justice.”