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Monday
Oct202014

FreeKeeneNews - Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman 

Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman (VIDEO)

Jared Goodell is a Keene native and local independent journalist. Yesterday he was the host for EIGHT hours during Pumpkin Fest 2014 on Cheshire TV, the local public access channel. Jared also put thousands of dollars of his own money into producing the all-day event coverage. For this amazing effort to cover the yearly festival (it would not have been covered on CTV without him), he is rewarded with an evening visit by Pumpkin Fest organizer Ruth Sterling who behaves in a ridiculous manner.  Watch the video here.

Sterling attempts to grab his microphone multiple times, as well as block the camera’s view of Jared, accuses him of frightening the guests of the festival and demands he stop talking about the riots happening just a few blocks away in the college neighborhood.

Since Jared is a newsman at heart, he feels obligated to report on what is happening in-town, and tangentially related to Pumpkin Fest. He defends his right to be the media and she responds by telling him she’ll “pull the plug” (which she has no control over) and that he should behave because she gave him the physical location for the CTV remote studio. As though she somehow was doing him a favor – he’s the one who spent over $5,000 of his own money to make the coverage of her event happen!

At one point in the beginning of the video, Sterling accuses Jared of being a “Free Stater”, this is the new pejorative to describe anyone who stands up for their rights. It’s not Jared’s first time causing controversy for reporting the news. Earlier this year he stirred it up for reporting from the scene of this Summer’s suicide and on the resignation of a despised school principal. Jared is not afraid to break the official city narrative of Keene being a perfect, blemish-free New England town, and is willing to take the heat. Keep up the good work, Jared – we’re all Free Staters now!



Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com 

Tuesday
Nov302010

UN bans skeptical journalist from Cancun Climate Change Conference

Los Angeles, CA — A veteran journalist and documentary film maker, known for asking difficult questions of climate scientists and politicians, has been denied press accreditation for the Cancun Climate Change Conference in Cancun, New Mexico.

The UN has refused access to the Cancun Climate Change Conference to Phelim McAleer, who is well known for asking scientists and politicians difficult questions about Global Warming orthodoxy.

McAleer was notified of the UN's refusal to accredit him just days before the international conference opening today.


McAleer produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a documentary on Global Warming, and his reports from Copenhagen Climate Change Conference went viral on Youtube.

During one encounter an armed UN security guard prevented McAleer from asking a scientist difficult questions about the climategate e-mails and warned that if he did not stop filming he would confiscate his equipment and expel him from the conference.

McAleer was also assaulted by environmentalists during a live TV  interview.

McAleer says the refusal to allow him access to the Cancun Climate Change Conference is censorship.

"I sent them exactly the same documentation that was acceptable for Copenhagen last year, but it seems they did not like my coverage of Copenhagen and are now trying to silence me and the people who have questions about this process," said McAleer.

"The message is clear—ask UN scientists and politicians difficult questions and you will be banned from any UN sponsored events. No difficult questions allowed," he added.

McAleer is a 20 year veteran journalist who covered the Northern Ireland troubles. He has also worked for the UK Sunday Times and as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and The Economist. He has worked as a journalist and film maker in countries as diverse as Ireland, Romania,  
Uzbekistan , Indonesia, Madagascar, Chile, Indonesia, Vietnam, and many other countries.

For access info for interviews please e-mail nhinsider@myway.com

Monday
Feb082010

NH Speaker Censors Representatives

Representative Steven Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) presented a “blurb” to be published regarding HB1522 a bill regarding tax caps.  A blurb is a recap of positions and debate in committee.  Apparently, in committee the majority party stated that people were “too emotional” to know how to vote.  Representative Vaillancourt used those words in his minority blurb.

The blurb was censored.  The calendar of the House is incomplete.  Your elected Representatives were barred by the Speaker from reading in the official record a recitation of what took place in committee.  Your representation was denied.

It is not up to an elite to determine what should be public record.  The Speaker has a difficult job “herding cats.”  Nonetheless, she must not be allowed to silence any one of us.   This is not the first time blurbs have been censored by this Speaker.  Frankly, this pattern of behavior brings discredit to the office, in my opinion.

 Many have written poorly worded “blurbs” in the past and many will in the future.  There was nothing personally offensive; neither racial or sexual comments, nor even poor grammar appeared in the blurb.  There was nothing written in violation of the rules by the Representative from Manchester.

To the Speaker: Let us make up our own minds, don’t censor us or attempt to dictate to us what we can or can not say or do.

Jordan G. Ulery

Member 161st   New Hampshire General Court - House

Republican - Hillsborough 27

"Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion." Edmund Burke. Bristol 1774

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should  be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.  People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."  -   Cicero  -  55  BC