Over the next week, a carload of independent journalists will be winding their way through the South, perhaps one of the only caravans of media-makers not pounding the worn campaign trail. Are they on a beat? You could say that.
Journalists arrested during the Republican National Convention breathed a sigh of relief last Friday – local authorities in St. Paul announced they would not prosecute them.
The announcement comes as welcome news for journalists, media organizations and citizens who launched a national public outcry to drop the charges against the arrested journalists. But many questions still remain about what appeared to be a planned attack against journalists and free speech during the RNC.
Journalists and St. Paul citizens assembled outside St. Paul City Hall Friday to deliver more than 60,000 letters to Mayor Chris Coleman and prosecuting attorneys demanding that they immediately drop charges against all journalists arrested this week as they covered the Republican National Convention.
Police have been rounding up, detaining and arresting journalists throughout the week at the Republican National Convention. But tens of thousands of people across the nation have responded with demands to protect free speech.
With news that AT&T and Verizon have just won the most significant chunks of available wireless spectrum, Americans face a future of more of the same: slower Internet speeds for prices that are far higher than what many people pay in Europe and Asia.
There was huge turnout at today's public hearing in Boston on the future of the Internet. Hundreds of concerned citizens arrived to speak out on the importance of an open Internet. Many took the day off from work standing outside in the Boston cold to see the FCC Commissioners. But when they reach the door, they're told they couldn't come in.
The size of the crowd is evidence that many Americans don't want giant corporations like Comcast and Verzion to decide what we can do and where we can go on the Internet.