Filmmaker Faces Felony Charges, 45 Years In Prison For Documentary On Pipeline Shutdown

It was not enough to militarize the police, allow peaceful protesters to be attacked by dogs, mass arrest protesters, and call in the National Guard.

Now they are restricting freedom of the press AGAIN.

According to Democracy Now, in North Dakota, documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg has been charged with three felonies for filming one of five coordinated acts of civil disobedience earlier this week, in which climate activists manually turned off the safety valves to stop the flow of tar sands oil through pipelines spanning the U.S. and Canada.

The coordinated actions occurred in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state.

The award-winning filmmaker Schlosberg produced Josh Fox’s recent documentary “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.”

She was filming the action at a valve station owned by TransCanada in Walhalla, North Dakota. She was arrested along with the activists, and her footage was confiscated.

She has been charged with a Class A felony and two Class C felonies, which combined carry a 45-year maximum sentence.

Democracy Now reporter Amy Goodman was also charged with criminal trespass because she filmed DAPL protests. Goodman is expected to turn herself in on October 17.

Do we really support a system that could throw a reporter in prison for 45 years for exercising her constitutional right of freedom of the press? Are we really going to throw out the Constitution of the United States for an oil company?

(Article by Jeremiah Jones)

About David Robinson

David Robinson is an Author and Journalist living in the mid-coast area of Maine. He is a Graduate and Alumni of the Brunswick Police Academy. He served as a JUROR seated on the Cumberland County, Maine, Grand Jury for the first four month session of 2014. Publisher Robinson served 3 months of a 4 month sentence for Conspiracy to defraud the United States, at the FCI Berlin minimum security Satellite Camp in Berlin New Hampshire, as retaliation after he and a friend sued the IRS, unsuccessfully, for Unfair Trade Practices, under Title 15 of the US Code. http://tinyurl.com/hm8gdls http://tinyurl.com/gwdyaps.
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