Lawyers: Jour­nal­ist de­tained by ICE be­cause of re­port­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

MEM­PHIS | Lawyers for a jour­nal­ist who was ar­rested in Ten­nessee and then placed in an im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity say the gov­ern­ment was try­ing to sup­press his re­port­ing and vi­o­lated his rights of free­dom of

speech and the press.

At­tor­neys have asked a fed­eral court to re­lease Manuel Du­ran, 42.

Court doc­u­ments al­lege the re­porter is be­ing si­lenced af­ter writ­ing sto­ries crit­i­cal of the Mem­phis Po­lice Depart­ment and U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment of­fi­cials.

Mr. Du­ran was re­port­ing on a protest in Mem­phis this month for a Span­ish-lan­guage out­let when he was ar­rested for dis­or­derly con­duct and ob­struc­tion of a high­way. Charges were dropped, but po­lice turned him over to U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment of­fi­cials.

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