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.
World Press Photo has announced a last-minute decision to replace juror Eman Mohammed, a U.S. resident (and 2010 PDN’s 30) who fears she’ll be barred from re-entering the U.S. if she travels to Amsterdam this week to help judge the competition. Separately, a Syrian photographer scheduled to speak at International Center of Photography on March... More ›
Six journalists, including a freelance photographer and a documentary producer, are facing felony rioting charges following their arrests while covering protests during the presidential inauguration, The Guardian has reported. If convicted, the journalists face up to ten years in jail and fines of up to $25,000. Journalists arrested at the January 20 protests in Washington,... More ›
Don McCullin, 81, the London-born war photographer who covered conflict in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia and, most recently, Iraq, has been awarded a knighthood. McCullin was one of a handful British citizens who received the award as part of the New Year Honours list issued by the Queen of England. McCullin told the... More ›