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The danger in covering Occupy protests

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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New York Police Department officers push back people as demonstrators with 'Occupy Wall Street' mark the two month anniversary of the protest Nov. 17, 2011, in New York. As demonstrators scuffle with law enforcement, journalists sometimes get caught in the fray. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

In the two months since Occupy protests began, journalists have often been caught up in the tumult. Some have been on the receiving end of nightsticks, others have been pepper sprayed. Dozens of reporters have been arrested while covering demonstrations, often recording their interactions with police. For their part, police often say they have difficulty identifying reporters, or that journalists are sometimes also violating their orders to disperse. Boing Boing editor, Xeni Jardin, has been following a number of these incidents and she joins Madeleine with the story.


Xeni Jardin,, editor at

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