Today's must read, via The New York Times Lens Blog
Mickey H. Osterreicher is the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association and edits the organization’s Advocacy Committee blog. He spoke with James Estrin. Their conversation has been edited.
"It’s not just news photographers who should be concerned with this. I think every citizen should be concerned. Tourists taking pictures are being told by police, security guards and sometimes other citizens, “Sorry, you can’t take a picture here.” When asked why, they say, “Well, don’t you remember 9/11?”
I remember it quite well, but what does that have do to with taking a picture in public? It seems like the war on terrorism has somehow morphed into an assault on photography.
Why Is It So Hard to Get Press Credentials?
New York Times photographer arrested while covering arrest
Photographer's Rights: NYPD's Backwards Policy on Photography at Occupy Wall Street
NYPD 'consistently violated basic rights' during Occupy protests – Report by NYU and Fordham law schools
“That the First Amendment right to gather news is . . . not one that inures solely to the benefit of the news media; rather, the public’s right of access to information is coextensive with that of the press"
Tracking Journalist Arrests at Occupy Protests Around the Country, Part Two
"You got that credential you’re wearing from us, and we can take it away from you.”