Tuesday, September 21, 2021


The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.


Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.


Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

IA Reporter Trial Renews Calls to Protect Press Freedoms


Tuesday, March 9, 2021   

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Testimony began yesterday in the trial of an Iowa reporter arrested during a protest in Des Moines.

Her case has become the focal point for those raising concerns about the treatment of the press by authorities.

Andrea Sahouri is on trial for misdemeanor charges related to her arrest at a Black Lives Matter protest last May.

She pleaded not guilty, saying she repeatedly told police she was a member of the press when officers were attempting to disperse the crowd.

Carlos Martinez de la Serna, program director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said the incident aligns with many other situations involving reporters last year. He said the public needs to be paying attention.

"This is not a privilege for journalists," Martinez de la Serna asserted. "It's a privilege for the public, in terms that the First Amendment protects the right to access news about issues of public interest."

His group contended it's troubling for prosecutors to take the case to trial when so many other U.S. reporters detained during protests last year eventually saw their charges dropped.

Authorities in Polk County argued Sahouri wasn't wearing her credentials, but her defenders insisted press protections still should have applied, and she was arrested for doing her job.

Martinez de la Serna stressed local governments need to avoid these patterns and should instead work with the press to foster an environment of transparency.

He added not doing so will only add to the "fake news" rhetoric that emerged under former President Donald Trump.

"Journalists in the U.S. are facing a new reality in terms of their safety, in terms of how they go about reporting news that's of public interest," Martinez de la Serna remarked.

According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, nearly 130 journalists were arrested last year as social-justice protests unfolded across the country. Of those arrested, nearly a dozen still face charges, including Sahouri.

Meanwhile, other news-media advocates suggest that Sahouri was unfairly targeted because she is a journalist of color and might have been treated differently had she been white.

get more stories like this via email

Food prices are rising nationwide, and the cost of a grocery store trip is up 3.5% from a year ago, according to a USDA report. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than $1 million in COVID-19 relief grants are helping rural organizations increase their focus on locally sourced food relief…


DES MOINES, Iowa -- This fall, the Iowa Utilities Board is hosting meetings to inform the public about a proposed underground pipeline, which would …

Social Issues

MANDAN, N.D. -- North Dakota has had nearly 18,000 job openings in recent months, with roughly 1,000 in construction. A labor leader in the trades …

Approximately 3% of the 1,500 students in Montgomery County who were screened for behavioral health indicators were found to be at risk of substance use. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio county is taking a trauma-informed approach to its work on preventing marijuana use in teens. As marijuana policy changes …

Social Issues

DENVER -- As Congress considers making significant investments in the nation's child-care system, children's advocates say now is the time to make …

This, year the theme of Sea Otter Awareness Week is the species' key role in the mosaic of the ecosystem. (Wikimedia Commons)


MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state…


LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Admission to any state park in Nevada is free this coming Saturday, as part of the first Nevada Public Lands Week - with a series …

Social Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021