Charges Against Oregon Reporter Covering Eviction Should Be Dropped
Participated in an amicus letter (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) sent to the mayor and acting city attorney of Medford, Ore., concerning the case City of Medford v. Ehrlich. The letter challenges their prosecution of Jefferson Public Radio journalist April Ehrlich, who was arrested in September 2020 by Medford police officers while lawfully covering the city’s eviction of homeless campers from a public park. She was then charged with trespass and resisting arrest. The letter notes that the Ninth Circuit has firmly established the right of reporters like Ms. Ehrlich to document the removal of homeless individuals from public land. The letter urges that the charges be dismissed with prejudice, and that the city take further steps to protect reporters engaged in lawful newsgathering.