Arrest of journalists, filmmakers and others witnessing and reporting on citizen protests against fossil fuel infrastructure amid climate change is part of a worrisome, growing pattern. Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, was arrested last month for covering Native American-led protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The actress Shailene Woodley was arrested and jailed this week while leaving a protest at a construction site for the DAP. She was singled out, she was told by police, because she was well known and has 40,000 people watching her facebook page.
"Journalism is not a crime; it is a responsibility," said filmmaker Josh Fox about this pattern of arrests, including his producer Schlosberg's. "The actions of the North Dakota Police force are not just a violation of the climate, but a violation of the constitution."
Fox's GASLAND film trilogy deals with fracking, fossil fuels, climate change and citizen action. Fox himself was arrested and jailed in 2012 for attempting to film a Congressional hearing on fracking, and charged with "unlawful entry." The charges were later dismissed.
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