Six journalists face 10 years in prison in America, for covering the unrest during the Disrupt J20 protests against the inauguration of President Trump on Friday 20 January in Washington DC.
I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist (PHNAT) campaign group is outraged by this direct attack on press freedom and calls on President Trump to immediately drop the charges against the #J20six.
We call on all PHNAT supporters and all those who defend press freedom to join in the National Union of Journalists campaign and send a Tweet to President Donald Trump.
.@realDonaldTrump @POTUS. Drop The Charges Against The #J20six Journalists. Journalism Is Not A Crime. #PressFreedom http://wp.me/p5htzI-6E
Journalists Evan Engel and Alex Rubenstein, documentary producer Jack Keller, photojournalist Shay Horse, Aaron Cantú and independent live-streaming journalist Matt Hopard, were all charged under the most serious level of offence under rioting in Washington DC. They face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000 (£19,800).
On the day many members of the press were targeted by police using stock grenades and CS spray. An eyewitness saw one photographer shot in the neck with a rubber bullet.
When journalists are assaulted, arrested and face incarceration, just for doing their jobs, the press freedom is under threat. Press freedom plays a fundamental role in any democracy and must be defended.
Journalism is not a crime. Photographers are not Terrorists. Drop the charges now.