[PRINT this page] [E-MAIL a friend] [send us feedback] [home]
Journalists Charged At Army Recruiting Center

from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. July 26, 2005

Three journalists pleaded not guilty to criminal trespassing charges Monday in Tucson City Court, and a fourth has been charged but not arraigned.

Police cited journalists from four media organizations for criminal trespassing while they covered a protest that involved a group of older women who attempted to enlist in the Army at a recruiting center in Tucson July 13. Five of the self-dubbed "Raging Grannies," who are associated with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, also were cited.

Three of the four journalists and all five activists pleaded not guilty to the class 3 misdemeanor charges Monday in Tucson City Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for Aug. 19. If found guilty, they could face a $500 fine, 30 days in jail, and/or one year probation.

Annalyn Censky of the Green Valley News, Walt Stanton of Arizona Indymedia Center, and Susan Thorpe of Pan Left Productions, a video producer, were reporting on the women's attempt to enlist in the Army in lieu of family members who are serving in Iraq. The group has protested weekly outside of the Army's Tucson recruitment office for the past three years.

Lawyer Ali Farhang, who is representing Censky, is surprised the charges weren't dropped. "Once they have a city attorney assigned [to the case] we are hoping they will agree it's ridiculous and drop the charges."

Jamie Lopez with KOLD-TV in Tucson also was cited for trespassing July 13, but was not arraigned Monday, according to a station representative.

You have been reading "Journalists charged with trespass at Army recruiting center" by . You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/akhlu. Thanks to The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Please visit them at rcfp.org.

Powered by Blogger