MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti) - German reporters, detained in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, where the protests continue, said the freedom of the press was brutally violated in the area, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
Journalist Ansgar Graw said the freedom of the media in the area was brutally violated, while his colleague Frank Herrmann said they were targets of absurd accusations as the police attempted to intimidate them and hamper their work.
The journalists were detained after they refused to obey the police who had asked them to leave the deserted street. The reporters claim they did as were asked.
Graw and Herrmann were doing the coverage of the events in Ferguson. On Monday, they were arrested and taken to prison. The police released them only three hours later.
Last week, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly were taken into custody too as they were covering demonstrations at a McDonalds.
On August 9, a police officer in Ferguson shot dead Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American teenager, sparking mass protests in the city. Several people were injured in clashes with the police that used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.