Less than a full week into his presidency and Donald Trump has already begun to ring the bell of violent censorship. During protests in which hundreds of thousands of individuals took to the street to express their disdain with Trump, numerous mainstream journalists found themselves in handcuffs. Those journalists, who were doing their jobs to cover the protests, are now facing large fines and serious prison time.
The journalists in question, Evan Engel, Alexander Rubinstein, Jack Keller, Matthew Hopard, Shay Horse and Aaron Cantu, all say they were not participating in the protests and were only there to observe. The Executive Director of the journalistic advocacy group “Pen America“, Suzanne Nossel, spoke out:
These felony charges are bizarre and essentially unheard of when it comes to journalists here in America who were simply doing their job. They weren’t even in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were in the right place.
The arrests were linked to Trump by Nossel who believes the censorship is only just the beginning:
Obviously we were girded for worrisome and troubling developments. But the speed, pace and ferocity of the attacks on journalists, the purveying of falsehoods, the silencing of government and agencies that interface with the public — for all that to happen in a matter of days puts us on notice that some of the worst fears may not have been so far-fetched.
In the past Trump has mused about having journalists arrested, and now that he has the power to do so look at what has happened. The American people ought to be worried because if Trump is willing to do this to those who are watching him, what is he going to do to those who do not have a voice to speak out?