tumblr_okv1lt81ku1qflj9ao1_1280This message is from PEN Center U.S.A. Feel free to re-blog or link to this post.

The information for this campaign was sourced from The Los Angeles Times and the High Country News

PEN Center USA objects to the arrest and the charges made against Native American journalist Jenni Monet (her website), who was covering protests against the North Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

“Monet was wearing press credentials as she covered ongoing protests near the Standing Rock reservation. She provided her credentials to an officer when asked, but was arrested Feb. 1, at 4 p.m., Central, near protest encampments along Highway 1806. Monet was held for about thirty hours and was not released until 9 p.m., Feb. 2. She faces charges of criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot from Morton County prosecutors.” High Country News

A statement was released by Indian Country Today Media Network reiterating her press credentials.

We call on Wayne Stenehjem District Attorney of North Dakota to drop these charges immediately.

Take Action – Please Sign

The first amendment rights of journalists and free press liberties are in danger. Please join us in demanding that the District Attorney of North Dakota drop these charges immediately. ADD your name to the petition that will be sent to Wayne Stenehjem, District Attorney of North Dakota, and Allen Kopp, Morton County State’s Attorney.

“I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.” Margaret Atwood


  1. Reblogged this on The Poetry Channel and commented:
    Want to keep blogging about whatever you have a mind to? Think Freedom of speech is an inalienable as well as Constitutional right? Better start speaking up, standing up, and shaking shit up because the new head of the FCC may not share your opinion Ajit Pai is against a few tangential principles, most notably, Net Neutrality.
    Need a good place to start? Right here, right now, THIS cause. It’s your fight for freedom of the press that helps fight the absolute control of information. Let’s face it, the Media dropped the ball on many occasions, but a oligarchy of billionaires who are in a position to profit from this pipeline AND others is giving the appearance of censorship by the harshest means. And it’s only getting started.
    No matter where you are or what you believe, you should want free speech for everyone.

    I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. Evelyn Beatrice Hall

    Thank you, Jamie.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome. I feel strongly that complacency and apathy created the vacuum that resulted in this mess we have.
        Funny how we as a nation get indignant about N Korea’s & Iran’s treatment of the press, but accept it as a necessary evil to stop these imaginary evils.

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