Thursday, October 20, 2016

There is Such a Thing as Being Too Close to the Story

Two Journalists Were Held Hostage By Environmental Activists Inside Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp
Two journalists named Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda, of the documentary FrackNation, were held hostage in their own car until a sizable police force was able to arrive on scene and escort the two journalists to safety.

McAleer tells the story in an email.
It started with one protestor grabbing McAleer's microphone mid-question and physically assaulting him.
Others joined the attack forcing McAleer and his colleagues to flee to their car intending to leave the protest camp.
However the car quickly became surrounded by a mob with a pack of dogs and sticks who also used three vehicles to block in the journalists preventing them from leaving the camp.
The mob became increasingly violent ordering the journalists out of their car warning of the consequences of refusing to get out.
At one point protestors started to shake the car and punched the windows. They also stated they were going to destroy the film equipment and any footage gathered.
The situation became so dangerous that the journalists feared for their safety and called the police, who arrived in force to allow McAleer and Sagieda to drive through. The police presence was large, including SWAT vehicles and air support.
The crowd, says McAller, turned violent when he began asking difficult questions, like how they could protest oil and pipelines, but use oil based products in their campaign.
FrackNation is a well well known documentary debunking the anti-fracking movie Gasland (I hate to call it a documentary, because it gets so many things wrong). They have faced threats before.

I would also note again that this occurred on federal land occupied by the demonstrators. When will the federal agents with guns come to run these ecoterrorists off the land?

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