Washington Post releases statement after arrest of reporter in Ferguson, Mo.: 'He was illegally instructed to stop taking video of officers. Then he followed officers' instructions to leave a McDonald's - and after contradictory instructions on how to exit, he was slammed against a soda machine and then handcuffed. That behavior was wholly unwarranted and an assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news. The physical risk to Wesley himself is obvious and outrageous'
Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron on arrest of reporter in Ferguson, Mo: 'There was absolutely no justification for his arrest. ... We are relieved that Wesley is going to be OK. We are appalled by the conduct of police officers involved' - @PostBaron
Editor's note: Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) is reporting that two journalists were just arrested while working inside a Ferguson, Mo., McDonalds. Before his tweet, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly (@ryanjreilly) both tweeted that they were in the McDonalds. The arrests have not been confirmed and we are watching for more. - Jillian
The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper. It is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., and was founded in 1877, making it the area's oldest extant newspaper.
Located in the capital city of the United States, the newspaper has a particular emphasis on national politics. Daily editions are printed for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The newspaper is published as a broadsheet, with photographs printed both in color and in black and white.
The newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in 2008, the second-highest number ever given to a single newspaper in one year. Post journalists have also received 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association awards. In the early 1970s, in the best-known episode in Post history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press's investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal; reporting in the newspaper greatly contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In years since, its investigations have led to increased review of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
In 2013, the newspaper was purchased by Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash. The newspaper is owned by Nash Holdings LLC, a holding company Bezos created for the acquisition.
The newspaper is also known as the namesake of the 1889 The Washington Post March, composed in 1889 by John Philip Sousa.