After the arrest of journalists in the USA: PLEASE release the journalists and charges to be dropped off

Amy Goodman, journalist, host and author on Democracy Now! TV.( ) Photo:

After the arrest of journalists in the USA:

PLEASE release the journalists and charges to be dropped off

By Andrew P. Harrod

Washington D.C. / New York City / London/September 6, 2008/– The journalist, author of several books, host, editor, founder of IBS Independent Broadcasting Service Leeds, Mr. Andreas Klamm, has written to state officials a public open letter to release the independent journalists and that the charges against the journalists which have got arrested may be dropped off.

In the beginning of September the famous host, journalist and Democray Now! anchor, Mrs Amy Goodman and her two colleagues Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar got arrested as we have learned and have been later released. Also an AP Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke got arrested in the United States of America.

This follows, according to FREE PRESS, the arrest of an ABC News producer at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The letter contains following message:

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
RCA at (cc: dropthecharges at
Susan Gaertner for Governor
info at (cc: dropthecharges at
(612) 978-8625
The St. Paul City Attorney’s office,
Mr. John Choi
(651) 266-8710
john.choi at (cc: dropthecharges at


In CONCERN of the arrest of journalists covering a political event

September 5, 2008

Dear Madam !
Dear Sir !

In foreign places brave citizen of the United States of America are in serious danger for their life to defend elementary basic rights such as human rights, free speech, liberty and democracy – so far as we have learned through American media reports and official governmental reports.

The journalists, which have been charged and arrested have not committed any kind of crime by fulfilling the public duty to publish reports or in taking pictures for television about some kind of political RNC event.

The arrests and harassment of journalists covering the Republican National Convention are not right.

We call upon St. Paul officials to free all detained journalists and drop all charges against them. These include arrests made during police raids in the days prior to the convention and, on Sept 1, of Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke, Democracy Now! anchor Amy Goodman and her two colleagues Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar.

The most important standard to journalists all over the world is the truth.

As you are able to imagine we are NOT happy about the charges against independent journalists and arrests of the journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouduous, Nicole Salazar, AP photographer Matt Rourke and other journalists.

America is a blessed country because of its liberty, freedom, basic rights, such as free speech, independent work of journalist.

PLEASE, consider NOT TO DESTROY the blessings for and of America and its people.

PLEASE consider NOT TO DESTROY America ! If you are going to destroy the liberty and democracy actually this would mean that America will be destroyed, as you know from the history in Germany.

As Germany in the years 1933 to 1945 has fallen deep down to dictatorship it got destroyed as you know very well the photographs how Germany has looked like after tons of bombs have been used to stop World War II and the NAZI regime in Germany.

PLEASE, defend democracy and the liberty of the United States of America and its people and PLEASE release the journalist and drop the charges against these journalists.

Arresting and detaining journalists for doing their jobs is a gross violation of free speech and freedom of the press.

Journalists must be free to do their jobs without intimidation.

PLEASE show that Almighty God has given you the wisdom, love, grace and mercy to release the independent journalists and to keep liberty and democracy.

PLEASE consider what the president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln has said some days ago in concern of liberty.

American President: „I know that liberty is right“

Washington. / Documentation Of Statements/- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth American president (1860-1865) said: „The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.“ „We have been recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten GOD.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbrocken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the GOD that made us!“

„It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of GOD and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the HOLY SCRIPTURES and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose GOD is the LORD. I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man…But for this book we could not know right from wrong. I believe the Bible is the best gift GOD has ever given to man. The Bible is suited to men in all conditions of life and includes all the duties they owe to their Creator, to themselves and to their fellowman.“

„I know that liberty is right, for CHRIST teaches it, and CHRIST is GOD.“

PLEASE pray for the police officers that GOD might forgive and save them. They might have be in some kind of distress and have over-acted in a harmful way.

Remember that CHRIST himself gave the commandment: „Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbor as thyself.“ and „LOVE your enemies“.

However citizen of the United States of America and independent journalists in the United States of America are NOT the enemies of the United States of America.

Perhaps you should think and pray about this. For some reasons it seems that the real enemies of America could be those which seek to destroy free speech, peace, liberty and democracy of America and its people. Therefore please give no chance to those forces which seek to destroy the liberty and the blessings of the United States of America and its people. Remember that freedom and the freedom of the press and journalists is an important and elementary part of democracy.

PLEASE release the journalists and drop the charges. PLEASE overcome evil things with good. May GOD will give you the grace, wisdom, mercy and love, to treat independent journalists with love instead of hatred and evil. My colleague, the journalist and author, Amy Goodman and many other independent journalists are performing an important duty for the public, democracy and liberty. They should receive THANKS instead of charges. These independent journalists are fulfilling important duties as granted in the constitution of the United States of America. Some years ago I have written a letter to the U.S. President Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America. For some reason I got an answer for the letter which I have written from the office of the White House. In the letter which I have received from the office of President Ronald Reagan a booklet with the constitution and map was delivered to my from Washington, D.C., U.S.A. For these gifts which I have kept I am very thankful.

May GOD will bless the liberty, democracy, independence, the independent journalists and the people of the United States of America and all those people which do support and defend democracy and liberty.

Thank you !

Shalom – PEACE be unto you !

Andreas Klamm, journalist,author, nurse (R.N.,RGN), independent television, radio- film and media producer since 1984, missionary and director of the United Kingdom
and German Branch
John Baptist Mission of Togo, Africa
Founder and president: Reverend Yawovi Nyonato

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