Journalist arrested and pepper-sprayed during BLM protests pleaded: 'This is my job'
Andreas, A hoary is on trial for misdemeanor charges related to her arrest of the Black lives matter. Protests last May She pleaded not guilty, saying she repeatedly told police she was a member of the press when officers were attempting to disperse the crowd. Carlos Martinez, Dallas Erna of the Committee to Protect Journalists as the incident aligns with many other situations involving reporters last year. He says the public needs to be paying attention. This is not a privilege for journalism is a privilege for the public in terms of the First Amendment protects the right to access needs about issues of interest. His group says It's troubling for prosecutors to take the case to trial when so many other US reporters detained during protests last year, eventually saw their charges dropped. Authorities in Polk County argues so hurry wasn't wearing her credentials. But her defenders insist press protection still should have applied and that she was arrested for doing her job. Tina's Dallas Erna says local governments need to avoid these patterns and should instead work with the press to foster an environment to transparency. He says not doing so will only add to the fake news rhetoric that emerged under former President Donald Trump in the US are facing the new reality in terms of their safety into the how they go about report Tunisians of public interest, according to the US Press Freedom tracker. Nearly 130 journalists were arrested last year as social justice protests unfolded across the country. Of those arrested nearly a dozen still face charges, including so