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Inauguration: Four more journalists could face up to 10 years in prison after covering anti-Donald Trump protests | The Independent
Interesting that one of them is an RT reporter. What will happen here?A further four journalists are facing up to 10 years in prison and £20,000 fines after they were arrested while covering unrest in Washington DC after Donald Trump’s inauguration.
They have been named as Jack Keller, a producer for a web documentary series, Matt Hoppard, an independent journalist who was live-streaming the events online, Shay Horse, an independent photojournalist and activist, and Aaron Cantu, whose LinkedIn profile describes him as an editorial and web intern at The Nation magazine. They were arrested at the same time as Evan Engel of the technology news website Vocativ and Alex Rubenstein of Russia Today (RT) America.
The criminal complaint said they had been charged with a rioting offence under section 1332(b) of Washington DC's criminal code which carries a maximum penalty of up to 180 days in prison and a fine of up to $1,000, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). But the language of the complaint refers to rioting that results in bodily harm or more than $5,000 in damage – a much more serious offence that carries a maximum penalty of a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison.
All six appeared in the US capital's Superior Court and were released on bail until further hearings in February and March.