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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
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 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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