Journalists and press should not be questioned when at protests because they are doing nothing wrong. Press and Journalists should be allowed to document protests because the first amendment. It states that “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.This means that people have the right to protest against government, other organization and laws. It also means that non-protestors are allowed to be there to see what is going on and to document it.
Other then the fact that the guy had the right to be there. Lets look at it from an emotional response. Why would you deny someone from observing something he thought would have been a historic moment? Just because he wanted to take a picture of it for his job and help providing advertisement for your movement.
Rather than reinventing the whell, I will just copy and paste the 1st Amendment.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
She has no right/justification to call for "Muscle" Against a student journalist, who is just trying to make a living. He doesn't need her physical threats. She should be fired and any student who followed her in suit should be disciplinary punished. Also, the first Amendment allows journalists to interview and perform their job to the best of their ability.
I can not believe that some people are so entitled they think they can assault someone and deny them their first amendment rights because they are making them uncomfortable. You're an adult. If you can't handle a reporter, doing his job get out of college and go back to pre school. There you can whine and fuss. And with this case its worse because shes a teacher assaulting a student whose making her "uncomfortable".
Melissa Click had zero right to confront student journalists who were just trying to do their jobs. Two days before the incident, she was actively seeking journalists to tell the story of ConcernedStudent1950. Now that independent journalists were attempting to document the event, the group is attempting to only cooperate with reporters that would suit the narrative they wish to tell.
I do not feel that Melissa Click's method of confronting the journalist was justified. Asking him to leave was fine, but calling attention to herself by asking for "reinforcements" to remove the journalist was unjustified. The entire purpose of the protests was to decide if the media is protected by the first amendment.
In this country journalists have a right to report on things just as much as people have the right to protest. The reasoning for her accosting the journalist is not very clear though. If it is a notable protest then why not have someone cover it. Any exposure you can get is good exposure so why stiffle the press and make yourself look bad.
Look this is a free country and if someone wants to voice their opinion they can. Regardless of what that opinion is you have to respect it and just accept it or disagree and move on from it. There is no need for someone to order another person to leave when someone is on public grounds. The whole situation was just made worse because it was a foreign student that was involved. Hopefully one day everybody in this country will be able to set aside their differences.
The First Amendment protects the right of a journalist to perform their job. Faculty member, Melissa Click had no justification for asking reporters to exit the premises. The right guaranteed by the U S Constitution should have been recognized by the faculty member in order to set an example for her students.