Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer has been jailed since October for refusing to remove material from his blog and for refusing to agree to not write about certain persons. This prior restraint is considered a violation of the First Amendment. Shuler recounts the manner in which he was arrested as abusive, and discusses his plight to get an attorney to represent him. And there are some corrections made to a New York Times story about his case.
Roger Shuler is the only Western Hemisphere journalist to be named in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ list of imprisoned news workers anywhere in the world. That an American journalist has been treated in this manner is obviously extremely troubling, as is the little attention Shuler has received from the so-called mainstream media.