Posts Tagged ‘First Amendment’

NPR Investigation Raises Questions on Killing of Gilkey and Tamanna

Posted by on Friday June 9, 2017 | Photojournalism

Zabihullah Tamanna and David Gilkey. Photo by Monika Evstatieva/NPR
Zabihullah Tamanna and David Gilkey. Photo by Monika Evstatieva/NPR

A year after NPR photographer David Gilkey and journalist Zabihullah Tamanna were killed in Afghanistan, NPR is reporting that their deaths were the result of a targeted Taliban attack, not a random attack as Afghan officials originally claimed. The two journalists died June 5 while riding with a unit of the Afghan National Army in... More

Police Intimidation Watch: Mannie Garcia Gets $45,000 in Settlement with Maryland Police

Posted by on Thursday March 9, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

Photographer Mannie Garcia has won $45,000 to settle a claim against police in Montgomery County, Maryland for violation of his First Amendment rights in 2011. The claim stemmed from Garcia’s wrongful arrest for video recording and photographing the arrest of two other men outside a restaurant in Wheaton, Maryland. The settlement came just days before... More

Representative Blocks News Photog from Photographing Senate Protesters

Posted by on Friday January 13, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

Photographer Jim Lo Scalzo says Representative Louie Gohmert covered his camera when he tried to photograph demonstrators at the Senate confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions, the nominee for Attorney General. Lo Scalzo, a photographer with European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), was standing near the door where Capitol Police removed the protesters when “all of a sudden... More

The President-Elect Objects to a News Photo Showing his Double Chin

Posted by on Tuesday November 22, 2016 | Photojournalism

You’ve probably read by now that, 59 days before he will take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” including the First Amendment, the president-elect held an off-the-record meeting with several news executives, and criticized the press for its “outrageous” coverage of him. In particular, he singled out NBC... More

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