On Friday, a North Dakota state prosecutor filed charges of participating in a “riot” against Democracy Now! host and award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for filming a pipeline protest in September, according to Democracy Now!. Related criminal trespassing charges against Goodman had previously been dropped.
The charges stem from a reporting project Goodman and her Democracy Now! team undertook to cover thousands of Native Americans protesting a planned $3.8 billion oil pipeline that would rip through sites sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
On September 3, Goodman’s team filmed the protests, which began in April, but had previously received little coverage, as Lizzy Ratner writes for The Nation:
“Goodman’s arrival at the main protest site, the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, was significant. At the time, not a single one of the major broadcast networks had sent a reporter to cover the Standing Rock mobilization; none had even bothered to mention it on the air.”