Police chief sends sergeant to reporter’s home after midnight to demand article revision

Oakland Tribune
The Berkeley, Calif., police chief apologized Friday after sending a sergeant to the home of newspaper reporter Doug Oakley at 12:45 a.m. to insist on changes to a story posted earlier in the evening. Jim Ewert, general counsel of the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association, told the Tribune the chief’s actions were “totally despicable” and “the most intimidating type of (censorship) possible because the person trying to exercise it carries a gun.” Chief Michael Meehan later apologized to the paper: “I would say it was an overzealous attempt to make sure that accurate information is put out.” || Earlier: Baltimore police use loophole to threaten man with arrest for videotaping them (Poynter) | Memphis police delete journalist’s cell phone pictures (ABC 24).

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell



    Not worth engaging.

  • http://twitter.com/kreider65 Blanche Starbong

    Did George show up at “the Media’s” house armed to the teeth in the early AM?
    Your complaint is truly pathetic.
    Certainly there is something that the WHIG party did that still pisses you off.

  • John Gorentz

    Water under the bridge still needs environmental protection.   There is no point in complaining about local cops doing it if we’re fine with the president doing it. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYRUJ56C4O3Y7PLCGYY2SGUB3E A once proud media member

    That is kind of water under the bridge don’t you think? Yes it is worse because there seems to be an increase in police thinking they can get away with bullying reporters and photojournalists these days. I was once wakened in the wee hours of the morning by a city cop and highway patrolman who wanted me to come down and take a picture of the considerable amount of pot they confiscated. I was editor of a small town weekly then and that is the kind of quid pro quo that goes on to help get a better insight to the local cops. What happened to the Bay Area reporter is different. It was intimidation and I wonder why the reporter didn’t just tell the cop to buzz off or put me in jail.

  • John Gorentz

    How is this any worse than Clinton’s George Stehanopolous going after the media to kill a story about Gary Aldridge?