The North Dakota judge hearing the state's case against Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman tossed the "engaging in a riot" the charges out on their ear.
Reporting -- even reporting from, as the local prosecutor alleged and probably is correct about, "the sole viewpoint of justifying the actions of the protestors," acts up to and including crossing fences and closing emergency valves on an oil pipeline -- is not a crime. It's a Constitutionally-protected activity. Even if the reporter is a jerk; even if the reporter has in the past urged denying due process to persons or groups of whom she disapproves.
There are accounts of similar arrests targeting journalists, specifically ones with a large following and a strong slant towards the anti-pipeline side. Hello, North Dakota, meet The Streisand Effect. Better you should maybe listen to your judges.
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