Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale has been cleared of the most serious charges stemming from her arrest at a Republican rally in North Georgia, but has been ordered by a judge to pay a $1,000 fine, serve 12 months probation and complete community service owing to a misdemeanor obstruction charge.
Below is SPJ Georgia’s official statement on the ruling:
“SPJ Georgia finds it outrageous that this case was ever prosecuted. This sentence is an ominous sign for the state of press freedoms in this country. We will continue to support her while her attorneys appeal this unjust sentence.”
The 54-year-old Tisdale has been acquitted of felony obstruction and misdemeanor criminal trespassing, all of which stemmed from a 2014 arrest at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm.