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US State and Federal Governments Physically Block Journalists from Observing State Violence

from Washington’s Blog:

Sandy English reports on the US state and federal collusion to censor free speech during the authoritarian crackdown on protests over the police killing of Michael Brown:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worked closely with the St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) to restrict news media helicopters from flying above Ferguson, Missouri, during protests against the killing of Michael Brown.

According to phone recordings obtained by the Associated Press (AP) this week, representatives of the SLCPD clearly stated that their concern in a request to the FAA to ban air traffic around Ferguson was to restrict media coverage of the protests. The FAA obliged, and for 12 days in August, news helicopters in a 37-square-mile area around Ferguson were prohibited, although police helicopters and commercial air traffic were permitted.

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