Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government

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Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government

Post by Nydia Tisdale » February 26th, 2017, 4:00 pm

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Nydia Tisdale stands for a photo, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Atlanta. As local media struggle with reduced staff and dwindling resources, Tisdale is stepping in and acting as the public's eyes and ears in a sliver of Georgia. A north Georgia mayor once had her ejected from a city council meeting, though the courts found that he had violated the state's open meetings law. But charges filed after she was expelled from a 2014 Republican campaign rally could land her in prison. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government

Daily Mail
United Kingdom
The Associated Press
By Kate Brumback
February 24, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - When Nydia Tisdale turned her camera on a north Georgia city council meeting, the mayor ordered her to stop recording and had a police officer forcibly remove her and the camera.

Two years later, as she filmed a Republican midterm election campaign rally, a sheriff's captain led her away shouting, her arm pinned behind her back, as candidates and spectators looked on.

Armed with a video camera and a thorough knowledge of her legal rights, the 53-year-old self-described citizen journalist has made it her mission to promote transparency in local government.

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Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale at The Associated Press

Post by Nydia Tisdale » February 27th, 2017, 9:00 am

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Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale poses with a decommissioned teletype wire machine after an interview with reporter Kate Brumback inside The Associated Press newsroom in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, January 27, 2017. PHOTO: Kate Brumback.

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Bruce S. Harvey and Nydia Tisdale

Post by Nydia Tisdale » February 27th, 2017, 9:30 am

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Criminal defense attorney Bruce S. Harvey and citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale pose after an interview with The Associated Press reporter Kate Brumback inside the Bruce Harvey Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, January 27, 2017. PHOTO: Kate Brumback.

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