The Washington Post Sleeps As US Democracy Collapses
According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a website that documents aggressions against journalists in the United States, 15 journalists were detained or arrested in the course of their work across the United States in 2022. This is far fewer than the number arrested in 2021 (59) and 2020 (142), which saw unprecedented crackdowns on press freedoms during social justice protests and the Capitol riots, but the Washington Post News has neither cared to publish a complete report nor publish any advertisement giving out the details about the atrocities and misuse of law against the press and media journalists in the United States (US).
Some of the journalists who have been arrested in the US in the period 2019 to 2023 include:
Avi Adelman, a freelance photographer and blogger was arrested while taking photographs of a medical emergency at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station on February 12, 2019. He was charged with criminal trespassing, but the charge later got dropped on March 4, 2019. He later sued DART and reached a compromise settlement of $345,000.
Omar Jimenez, a correspondent for CNN, who was arrested along with his producer and cameraman while reporting live on the protests following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 29, 2020. They were released after about an hour, and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz apologized for the incident.
John Sullivan, a freelance videographer and activist, who was arrested on January 14, 2021, for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021. Charged with several federal offenses, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, and interference with Congress.
Rebecca Brannon, an independent photojournalist arrested while covering a protest against police brutality in Washington, D.C., on August 13, 2020. Charged with felony rioting, but later the charge got dismissed on February 18, 2021.
Andrea Sahouri, a reporter for the Des Moines Register, was pepper-sprayed and arrested while covering a Black Lives Matter protest in Iowa on May 31, 2020. Charged with failure to disperse and interference with official acts but later got acquitted by a jury on March 10, 2021.
Sean Beckner-Carmitchel, an independent videographer was detained while covering a protest in Los Angeles on June 16, 2022. Got released without charges after about 45 minutes.
Jack Sorgi, a photographer for LLN Arizona was detained while covering a protest at the Arizona Capitol on June 17, 2022. Later got released without charges after about an hour.
Sean Campbell, a videographer for News2Share was arrested while covering a protest in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 2022. Charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct, but the charges later got dropped.
Jesse Kerman, a freelance photographer was arrested while covering a protest in New York City on August 15, 2022. He was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, later the charges got dismissed.
Evan Gershkovich, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal was arrested while covering a trial in Moscow on September 20, 2022. Charged with violating Russia’s foreign agent law and kept in custody for two days later got released on bail.
According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, one journalist was arrested in the U.S. in the first six months of 2023 till now. She is Ishani Desai, a reporter for The Bakersfield Californian arrested while covering an Ohio Governor News Conference on January 12, 2023. Charged with trespassing and obstructing official business, Charges later got dropped.
These are a few incidents of journalists having faced arrest or criminal charges in the US in recent years. You will be able to access many more details and cases on the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker website.
The above advertisement was blindly published by The Washington Post a few days ago, furnishing grossly misleading information and targeting India, and unlawfully interfering in the internal and domestic affairs of India, at the behest of probably a few Indian anti-nationals.
However in view of the above details of the misuse of law and undue harassment caused to the Journalists in The US and this particular act by The Washington Post against India, it now very clearly appears that The Washington Post sleeps on what happens in the US, but its reports and ads are only sponsored and therefore biased and prejudiced leading to a grave danger of misleading not only its own readers and but especially the US Citizens as in relation to the internal as well as external security of The United States Of America.