Conspiracy to Make Media: Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony

Santa Cruz, 27.04.2012

Viewpoint Discrimination and Selective Prosecution at Work in Charges Against Independent Journalists

March 20, 2011: SANTA CRUZ, CA — Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee has charged eleven people with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the occupation of a vacant bank building on November 30th, 2011. Included in this group are four regular contributors to the independent news website An Indybay release called this a "full frontal assault against independent media in Santa Cruz. [...] District Attorney Lee apparently believes it is his duty to dictate how events such as the occupation of the vacant bank at 75 River Street should be reported on by the media, and if he does not approve of the coverage, then journalists risk the DA bringing charges against them." Full Press Release from Indybay | En Español

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Pictured: Bradley Stuart Allen and Alex Darocy are Indybay photojournalists and Indybay editors who were reporting on the occupation.


April 14, 2012 — ACLU Issues Statement of Support and Petition for Journalists, Local Press and Activists... READ MORE

April 24, 2012 — Santa Cruz Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Condemns Law Enforcement; Issues Statement Supporting Eleven Charged in Occupation of Vacant Bank... READ MORE

April 26, 2012 — Judge Burdick Dismisses Charges Against Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven; DA Says She'll Refile; Seven Defendants Still Face Felony and Misdemeanor Charges... READ MORE

April 30, 2012 — Occupy Santa Cruz Adopts Resolution in Support of the Eleven 75 River St. Defendants... READ MORE

May 6, 2012 — ACLU of Northern California Submits Brief in Support of Indybay's Bradley Stuart Allen and Alex Darocy: The California Constitution "Is Broader and More Protective Than the First Amendment"... READ MORE

May 6, 2012 — Community Members Rally for Charges to Be Dropped Against the Santa Cruz Eleven: "Bob Lee, Stop Wasting Money! Drop the Charges!" ... READ MORE


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