Federal prosecutors have dropped felony charges against four of the six journalists arrested during Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, the AP has reported. Charges agains Matthew Hopard, John Keller and Alexander Rubenstein were dropped on January 30. Charges against Evan Engel were dropped on January 27.
Charges are still pending against Shay Horse and Aaron Cantú, who were also arrested during the inauguration.
All six journalists were arrested near 12th and L Streets along with more then 200 protesters, after police “kettled” (corralled and contained) them and used pepper spray and flash grenades to subdue them. The mass arrests appeared to be in response to acts of vandalism committed near the scene by several people who concealed their identities.
The Guardian reported at the time that arrest reports for the journalists included no specific allegations against them. The Committee to Protect Journalists, meanwhile, had called on prosecutors to drop the charges.
Outside magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary in May with an issue devoted to “The New Icons” of adventure, a group of ten women that includes American photojournalist Erin Grace Trieb. Among the women featured alongside Trieb on the cover of Outside’s May issue are retired U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach, champion skier Lindsey Vonn, endurance... More ›
New York-based photographer Sarah Blesener has won the $20,000 Professional Grant from the Alexia Foundation for her series “Toy Soldiers,“ which documents youth patriotic clubs, education and summer camps in Russia. Blesener, a recent graduate of the International Center of Photography and recipient of the Alexia Student Award in 2016, will use the funds to photograph rising... More ›
In our recent interview with photography consultant and former VII Photo CEO Stephen Mayes, he shared his ideas about how photojournalists can stay relevant in the 21st century. He had provocative things to say about current photojournalism practices that we didn’t have room to include in the print edition of PDN. Here are some excerpts.... More ›