DNC: Concerns raised about reporter access to protests
DENVER, Colorado ” A journalism advocacy group is raising concerns about whether police are interfering with press coverage of anti-war protests at the Democratic convention in Denver.
Washington-based Reporters Without Borders raised the alarm Wednesday.
The group cited a video posted by USA Today in which a videographer taping protesters and police is knocked to the ground by an officer trying to clear a street.
Police Chief Gerald Whitman reminded officers in writing Tuesday that Colorado law gives journalists some privileges when they’re covering riots.
Whitman says reporters and photographers don’t have to obey any order to disperse in riot conditions, though they are supposed to move to the edge of the crowd.