Just days after Sept. 3, when Democracy Now! cameras caught footage of the Dakota Access pipeline company setting attack dogs on protesters, an arrest warrant was issued for journalist Amy Goodman.

What had she been doing at the protest? Her job — Goodman had been reporting from the scene.

Goodman explained Friday in an interview with The Real News Network, that she was prepared to turn herself in to defend press freedom.

Here’s an excerpt:

The important issue is that the prosecutor is raising the content of our coverage. That is why we have a First Amendment. It’s the separation of the state from journalism. You know, we are not supposed to have state journalism here. There’s a reason why our profession is the only one explicitly protected in the U.S. Constitution – because we’re supposed to be the check and balance on power. If the state doesn’t like what we are reporting, that is not an arrestable offense. And if it is, our democracy is in big trouble.

Watch the full interview below (TRNN via YouTube):

–Posted by Kasia Anderson


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