The arrest of a Connecticut political activist and photographer -- who says he was acting as a journalist -- along a gubernatorial inaugural parade route has caught the attention of MGP2006 alum Christine Stuart, of CTNewsJunkie, who is continuing to follow the case of Ken Krayeske -- along with the Hartford Courant and radio station WTIC. The case raises the question of what constitutes a journalist -- and journalism. Is someone with a history of political activism forever a police suspect as a potential "troublemaker" even when he behaves as a journalist might?
A good summary (including a link to a TV news video report):
A witness statement:
"Here's the latest from the court appearance:
"Basically the prosecutor refused witness statements from Ken's attorney so he asked the judge for a supervised pre-trial conference on March 2. There's links to a radio interview with the Chief of Police at the bottom of the story which are scary. I'll attach a pdf of the arrest report. Unfortunately I'm still unable to upload pdf's but will be able to as soon as the redesign is complete at the end of the month. I switched servers last weekend and will move to a Moveable Type software program soon. Breaking this story was the best thing that's happened since I took over. I told Ken (who I am friends with) I was sorry that his misfortune was my success. He was happy for me.
"The most interesting media angle comes from my story about his application to the Society of Professional Journalists:
"I think it illustrates how traditional media isn't sure what to make of the Internet and blogs. Today the Hartford Courant rolled out a blog type software program to allow readers to post after stories. I wonder how much response they will get. I'll share my observations in April."
Christine Stuart: http://ctnewsjunkie.com Windsor, Conn., 860.978.1446 cell 860.219.0078 home office
Earlier post: >
>> MGP2006 alum Christine Stuart, the former MSM reporter who now runs the >> Connecticut News Junkie newsblog, says her initially exclusive story about >> the arrest of a reporter while taking pictures of the state's new governor >> has gotten more "hits" than anything she's blogged previously. the just of >> the story is that Hartford Police arrested a free-lance journalist while >> photographing Gov. M. Jodi Rell's inaugural parade. The journalist was >> formerly a Green Party political activist. Her story is thorough, with lots >> of reader comments piling up. >>
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> http://ctnewsjunkie.com/index.php/2007/01/05/reporter_arrested_for_political_activism >>