Here's the text of a letter early this morning from SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell to Alexia Poe, director of communications for Gov. Bill Haslam, in response to the arrest last night of Scene reporter Jonathan Meador while covering the ongoing Occupy Nashville protest:
I learned this morning that one of my reporters at the Nashville Scene was arrested last night while covering the protests at Legislative Plaza despite identifying himself as a reporter. I expect the Governor to publicly apologize to him for this violation of his rights and to assure the people of Tennessee that this administration will not interfere with the right to a free press that has been a fundamental right in this country since our founding. I'm sure you understand that every media outlet in this country will vigorously defend our right to cover government action without fear of arrest or reprisal.
Chris Ferrell, CEO, SouthComm, Inc.
For more coverage, see this article by Steven Hale, who was also covering the protests and arrests last night for the City Paper.