Tracking Journalist Arrests at Keystone Pipeline Protests
So far five people, including credentialed reporters and citizen journalsits, have been arrested or detained while trying to cover the Tar Sands blockade of the Keystone XL pipeline project in Texas. Check back for updates about press suppression here and at other Keystone protests nationwide.
- Last night, Elizabeth (@occupymusician) and Lorenzo (@uneditedcamera), who are both live streamers, were arrested. The two had traveled to cover the Blockade as freelance journalists. “They showed up about a week ago to cover the story,” said Seifert. “To be on the site to introduce the world” to the Blockaders and “what the tree village looks like across the timber wall.” And, to “augment their own reporting,” they climbed up to the top of the timber wall to do interviews. Lorenzo and Elizabeth, two live streamers arrested (Photo by Tar Sands Blockade) When they finished, they were told if they set foot on the ground they would be arrested for trespassing. They held out there for a full week, according to Seifert. They planned to come down each day and each day they realized they could not get down safely until finally they could not stay up in the trees any longer and had to come down. Thanks to grassroots support, both have had trespassing charges against them dropped. Still, they spent a night in jail for being there to tell a story, for being there to report on resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline project.
- A Times spokesperson released a statement saying, “While reporting a story on how protestors in East Texas are trying to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being built, [a Times reporter] and a Times photographer were detained yesterday by local police and a TransCanada security guard; they were told for trespassing. They identified themselves as media and were released but told they needed to leave the private property where they had positioned themselves (with the permission of the landowner). They complied.”
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