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InvestigateWest photographer detained, freed in Copenhagen
SEATTLE — A journalist on assignment for InvestigateWest to cover
protests outside the United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen
spent more than 10 hours in police custody Tuesday, the second time he has been arrested while
photographing demonstrators. This time, demonstrators were attempting
to enter Copenhagen’s Bella Center, the site of the international
Christopher Crow of Bellingham was taken into custody by police, who
are empowered under a new law to hold demonstrators for up to 12 hours
without filing charges. He was arrested at about Noon local time and
remained in custody until after 10 pm local time.
Crow was previously arrested Sunday and released after 3 ½ hours
without any charges being filed.
“Danish authorities clearly are not respecting the rights of the press to cover the events of the climate summit. In their eagerness to keep order on the street, they are restricting legitimate press coverage of events that citizens across the globe are closely watching,” said Rita Hibbard, executive director and editor of InvestigateWest. “For a credentialed journalist to be twice arrested while covering street unrest is clearly an indication that Danish authorities are violating freedom of the press and freedom of speech.”
In both cases, the officers took Crow away despite the fact that he is
a credentialed journalist carrying out his duty as to document the
unrest in the streets and not a participant in the demonstrations.
Demonstrators are angry about an emerging United Nations treaty that
would allow some companies to profit from fighting climate change.
Members of the InvestigateWest team in Copenhagen available for
interviews via Skype. Chief environmental
correspondent Robert McClure, who is editing the Copenhagen coverage,
is available for phone or in-person interviews.
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particular emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. InvestigateWest also
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