Press Releases: 08/14/14
Al Jazeera America (1)
AL JAZEERA AMERICA PRESENTS “FLASHPOINT: FERGUSON”
LIVE COVERAGE FROM FERGUSON, MISSOURI TONIGHT, AUGUST 14TH BEGINNING AT 9PM ET/6PM PT
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NEW YORK, August 14, 2014 – Tonight beginning at 9pm ET, Al Jazeera America will present comprehensive, live coverage from Ferguson, Missouri with breaking news and analysis about the unrest.
Al Jazeera America’s “America Tonight” with host Joie Chen will broadcast live at 9pm ET/6pm PT, providing up-to-the minute reports from correspondent Lori Jane Gliha, among others. Additional reporting from Ash-har Quraishi, chief correspondent for Al Jazeera America’s Chicago bureau and “Fault Lines” correspondent Sebastian Walker who will be on the ground with the Ferguson community and its leaders, and will discuss the militarization of US police forces. “Consider This” will also air live at 10pm ET/7pm PT with additional coverage of the unrest.
Leading into tonight’s live coverage from Ferguson, at 7pm ET/4pm PT “Real Money with Ali Velshi” will present an in-depth economic snapshot of Ferguson and how the events are impacting the city.
“The Stream” will be airing a special live show covering the Ferguson story tomorrow, Aug. 15 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT, repeating Saturday, Aug. 15 at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT and Sunday, Aug. 16 at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT.
On Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, the network will present an encore of “Fault Lines: Deadly Force, Arming America’s Police,” with correspondent Sebastian Walker that examines how the flow of money and combat equipment is transforming U.S. police departments into military-like forces. This episode of Al Jazeera America’s award winning investigative series delves into how U.S. police forces are increasingly using military-style tactics to carry out even the most daily operations. “Fault Lines” travels to California and Tennessee to look at the sometimes deadly effects of this increasing militarization.
Al Jazeera America issues a statement after its journalists were shot at by police with rubber bullets and tear-gas canisters:
Statement from Kate O’Brian, President of Al Jazeera America:
“Last night at 10:30pm CD in Ferguson, Missouri, an Al Jazeera America news crew was reporting behind police barricades. They were easily identifiable as a working television crew. As they were setting up their camera for a live report, tear gas canisters landed in their proximity and police fired rubber bullets in their direction. Police continued to shoot after crew members clearly and repeatedly shouted ”Press.”
“Al Jazeera America is stunned by this egregious assault on freedom of the press that was clearly intended to have a chilling effect on our ability to cover this important story. Thankfully all three crew members are physically fine.”
“We believe that this situation must be investigated along with those involving our colleagues at other media outlets.”
Ash-har Quraishi, chief correspondent for Al Jazeera America at the channel’s Chicago Bureau, told Al Jazeera America’s Del Walters:
“We were very surprised by this, we had been there for about an hour. We had been in contact with police officers who were just feet away from us. I had spoken to police officers who knew we were there. We had had discussions with them. We understood this was as far as we could get in terms of where the protest was going on, about a mile up the road. So, we didn’t think there would be any problems here so we were very surprised.”
“We were very close to where those [tear gas] canisters were shot from. We yelled, as you heard there [on the video]. We were yelling that we were press. But they continued to fire. We retreated about half a block into the neighborhood, until we could get out of that situation.”
“Police have said that protestors tossed Molotov cocktails in their direction. We didn’t see that because we weren’t close enough in. Again, as you mentioned, we didn’t have gas masks because we were about a mile away….”
“We thought we were at a safe distance but clearly, they pushed through and actually fired [tear gas] canisters into the neighborhood.”