Editorials About the Arrest and Conviction

“A Woman Against the System,” by Gary Younge, The Nation, Jan. 5, 2009
“And so it was that as the polls were closing in Michigan and the nation began to bask in the warm glow of a postracial society, a white woman was cuffed and fingerprinted because she tried to tell the world about two black men who had just been killed.

For all the dreamy talk of the journey we are on to transcend race, only a handful like Bukowski are actually paying for the ticket. Not just because she’s a white woman who works for a black newspaper and got arrested, or because the victims she was writing about were black, but because she is a white person who is prepared to take on the mess that white supremacy has built.”

“WHY DI?” by Curt Guyette, The Metro Times, May 6, 2009
“In the early part of this decade, Bukowski did groundbreaking work covering the problem of wrongful police shootings in Detroit and the failure of the Prosecutor’s Office to bring charges against officers who shot people. Her level of commitment to serving her community was rewarded with a cadre of loyal supporters, at least 20 of whom have showed up every time she’s been in court.
“She’s not somebody who is a truth-teller,” Trzcinski told the jury when urging them to give no credence to her claims of innocence. But to her supporters, she is fearless in her truth-telling, and that willingness to shed light on the questionable actions of authorities, no matter how much power they hold, is exactly why she was in court.”

Charles Simmons, Prof. of Journalism and Media Law, Eastern Michigan University
“This specific case is not just an attack on Diane Bukowski, it is a collective attack, particularly on Detroiters who already face a multitude of crises that are challenging them on every front. At a time when we really need information, the place where community folks can turn for information is the alternative media.
I am still shocked that reporters are not flocking to this crisis, it affects all journalists. If they will do that to Diane Bukowski, they will do that to anybody. Local politicians would tend to protect each other so we have to go outside this region and that is why it necessary to have a federal investigation.” (quoted in The Michigan Messenger.)

Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

“We are monitoring the proceedings closely because of their implications for press freedom. We are particularly troubled that a state trooper delMyaeted two photographs. The prosecution strikes us as excessive and we worry that it could send a message to reporters that covering an accident or crime scene could make them subject to felony charges.”

Editorial, The Michigan Citizen, May 3, 2009
“The disparate charges, the presence of one the prosecutor’s most able employees waging the court battle, the failure of the police at the scene to warn Bukowski or give her a chance to leave the area where she was taking photos before they arrested her, the destruction of her photographs that might well have proved where she was, the history of Bukowski’s hard-hitting coverage of police abuse and prosecutorial misconduct are all of concern.

Link those concerns to the charges currently pending against a top assistant prosecutor Karen Plants for perjury, Worthy’s failure to ever prosecute a police officer since taking the post of prosecutor and Bukowski’s confrontations with the prosecutor in print over the years, it appears the charges are as more than one citizen following the trial noted, a trumped-up case.”


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