Harassed New York Times Journalist Robert Stolarik Speaks On NYPD's Continued Barring of Credentialed Press
On Monday, a video emerged from the protests over the World Financial Center Plaza, where Occupy Wall Street protesters had yet another clash-in with the police. But perhaps the most interesting thing in the video wasn’t the police, or the protesters: it was New York Times‘ credentialed freelance journalist Robert Stolarik, being pushed down some stairs by an officer, moved back with a baton by another, and barred from taking pictures by a third, who kept jumping to get in his way. And this was after The New York Times, along with several other high-name publications, had sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and Ray Kelly regarding their treatment of the press when it came to OWS events.
We spoke to Mr. Stolarik–one of the few reporters who was actually allowed in Zuccotti Park on November 14th, go figure–about how The New York Times reacted to this latest slight on their First Amendment rights, and NYPD’s response. Read More