Journalism, Protest

Journalist John Farley says he was arrested after trying to interview protesters #OccupyWallStreet

The actions of the NYPD in policing the Occupy Wall Street protests have again been called into question, after journalist John Farley claimed he was arrested when he tried to talk to female protesters who had been maced.

In a Metro Focus post titled Observations of a jailed journalist, Farley recounts how he was arrested while trying to conduct the interview, despite wearing a ‘WNET – New York Public Media’ badge.

He acknowledges that it can be hard for police to know who is a genuine accredited journalist and who isn’t, but his account of events clearly indicates some troubling ‘one size fits all’ tactics being used in and around the protest site.

Farley also recounts the tale of another person who was arrested, reportedly just for filming events. Protesters have been careful to document their experiences as much as possible, uploading loads of videos and blog posts in an attempt to show how they are being treated.

About Yin Tse

I am a second year architecture student studying in Berlin. I am originally from Beijing, China, where many of my family still reside, apart from my father, step-mother and step-sister, who reside in Cologne in Germany.


One thought on “Journalist John Farley says he was arrested after trying to interview protesters #OccupyWallStreet

  1. The movement is gaining momentum after a week and a half and Occupy movements are popping up all over the country! Stand up together and use your voice to give to those without. Tax the rich and feed the poor- you are the 99%! See my Occupy Wall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for real coverage of the movement.

    Posted by Brandt Hardin | September 28, 2011, 9:22 pm

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