As the New York Police Department raided Occupy Wall Street yesterday, it purposely kept journalists out of the area, even arresting reporters who got too close to demonstrators.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the arrests of journalists and press blackout by saying it was done to “protect the members of the press” and added "there are no absolute rights."
But Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer disagreed, saying: “American foreign correspondents routinely put themselves in harm’s way to do their jobs, in some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. And their NYC colleagues deserve the freedom to make the same choice. Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square.”