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Journalists under fire . . .

Posted at 6:51 PM on September 2, 2008 by Sanden Totten

The story of the St. Paul RNC is shaping up to be one with a lot of characters and a lot of subplots. There are the politicians, the delegates, the peaceful protesters, the anarchists, Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin, Hurricane Gustav . . . the list goes on.

sskennel 2.jpgAnd yesterday afternoon, Journalists entered that story as well, when national radio and TV host Amy Goodman was arrested while covering the protests. You can watch the video here.

She wasn't the only member of the media caught in the fray. A photographer for the Associated Press was also cuffed. And other members of the press suffered some pepper spray. (photo by sskennel via Creative Commons)

If journalists were getting a little nervous, a media advisory sent out by the St. Paul Joint Information Center today could only make things worse:

Information obtained by law enforcement indicates that some groups may be planning to target media, either by doing damage to property or assaulting personnel. Members of the media are advised to pay close attention to their surroundings and to call 911 if the need arises.

We've been told to cover guard our credentials and keep a low profile. I'm sure most journalists with a few years under their belt know when to worry and when not to. But I bet even the most seasoned pros will be glancing over their shoulders for signs of trouble as the week goes on. Because any way the story shapes up, we'd rather be the ones writing the headlines than the ones in them.

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