Posts Tagged ‘First Amendment’

Why Muslim Woman’s Suit Against AP for Hijab Photo Will Probably Fail

Posted by on Thursday January 28, 2016 | Photojournalism

A Muslim woman has sued Associated Press (AP) and photographer Mark Lennihan for unspecified damages over the unauthorized use her likeness, claiming violation of her civil rights. The case is a legal long shot, but if she wins, wire services and freelance photojournalists—at least in New York state—would have to get the consent of everyone... More

Professor Forced Out of U. of Missouri J-School after Blocking Student Journalists at Protest

Posted by on Wednesday November 11, 2015 | Photojournalism, Social Media/Web

A University of Missouri assistant professor who was caught on video trying to block a student journalist from covering a protest on Monday at the university’s main campus in Columbia has resigned her “courtesy appointment” at the Missouri School of Journalism, the university announced late yesterday. The protests, over the university’s handling of racist incidents... More

Federal Judge Sanctions City of Atlanta for Continuing to Violate Photographers’ Rights

Posted by on Thursday May 14, 2015 | Copyright/Legal, Photojournalism

In the wake of recent violations of news photographers’ rights by Atlanta police, a US federal court judge has held the City of Atlanta in contempt of a 2012 court order to reduce interference with citizens documenting police activity. US District court judge Steve Jones handed down the civil contempt ruling against the city yesterday,... More

DOJ Report Blasts Ferguson Police for First Amendment Violations

Posted by on Thursday March 5, 2015 | Photojournalism, Uncategorized

Ferguson, Missouri, police officers “frequently infringe on residents’ First Amendment rights, interfering with their right to record police activities and making enforcement decisions based on the content of individuals’ expression,” according to a report released yesterday by the US Department of Justice. The DOJ report, titled Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department (FPD), says “FPD... More

Getty Images Photographer Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests

Posted by on Tuesday August 19, 2014 | Photojournalism

Getty Images photographer Scott Olson was arrested yesterday while on assignment in Ferguson, Missouri, where protests and clashes with police continue after the police shooting of a African-American teenager more than a week ago. Oslon has since been released, according to a Yahoo News report. Getty confirmed his arrest in a statement today from Pancho... More

Photographing Police Is Legal in Texas, Too, Judge Rules in First Amendment Case

Posted by on Monday July 28, 2014 | Uncategorized

A federal court judge in Texas has rejected an argument that the right to photograph or videotape police officers “is not recognized as a constitutional right,” clearing the way for a citizen’s civil rights claim against the City of Austin, its police chief, and various Austin police officers. “The First Amendment protects the right to... More

First Amendment Advocate Sues NYPD, NYC Over Right to Record Police Activity

Posted by on Monday July 21, 2014 | Uncategorized

A crusader for citizens’ rights to record police officers performing their duties in public has sued the City of New York and several police officers, seeking monetary damages for unlawful arrest, and a declaratory judgment in defense of citizens’ constitutional rights to record police without fear of intimidation or retribution. Plaintiff Debra Goodman asserts in... More

Suffolk County Pays $200K to Settle News Photographer’s Unlawful Arrest Claim

Posted by on Wednesday June 18, 2014 | Photojournalism

Suffolk County, New York  has agreed to pay freelance news videographer Philip Datz $200,000 to settle civil rights claims stemming from Datz’s unlawful arrest for recoding county police activity on a public street in 2011. In addition, the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) will institute an ongoing training program for its officers to safeguard “the... More