‘I was the only journalist of color and the only journalist arrested’

An attack on press rights?

Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri was arrested on 31 May 2020 arrest while covering a Black Lives Matter protest.

Andrea Sahouri of the Des Moines Register, published in the Guardian –

Editor’s note: Andrea Sahouri, a public safety reporter for the Des Moines Register, was charged with “failure to disperse, interference with official acts and misdemeanors.” If convicted, she could face a fine and 30 days in jail. She has pleaded not guilty.

Sahouri was arrested at the protest in Des Moines on 31 May, six days after the killing of George Floyd by officers in Minneapolis, which touched off months of international protests against police brutality and for racial justice.

She identified herself as a member of the press several times. But police pepper-sprayed and zip-tied her and her then boyfriend. Both were taken to Polk county jail.


About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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