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Posted: Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:10AM

Ferguson Offers Lessons For Michigan, Nation On Press Freedoms



The ongoing clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri offer lessons for Michiganders. While many were shocked to hear journalists covering the story were forcibly prevented from doing their jobs, experts say it's an all-too-common occurrence and could also happen to everyday citizens.

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David Cullier is president of the Society of Professional Journalists says every day, in cities across the nation, journalists are prevented from doing their job because of police who don't understand or don't uphold the freedom of the press. Several Detroit-area pastors have traveled to Ferguson to join the protests, while rallies have been held in Detroit's Hart Plaza. Experts caution nearly every person carrying a recording device, which is almost everybody now a days, can face this sort of harassment.

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The Detroit-based group "By Any Means Necessary" says it will continue to hold nightly vigils in the Motor City to protest police brutality. Cullier says his organization has provided training for police, journalists and citizens on the rights for anyone to photograph or take video in public.


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