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America Used to Promote Photojournalism. Now It Bans It.

Julia Le Duc’s already iconic photograph of a dead father and daughter on the Rio Grande is the latest reminder of how essential photographers are to democracy.

The story of my second arrest | You can’t have my job, but I’ll tell you a story

July 19, 1994. About 3 pm. I’m standing on a canal bank in south central Bakersfield, talking with some members of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue team. They have been called, as have I, to this location for a report of a little boy who has disappeared in the canal’s waters. I don’t know it, but in about 10 minutes, I’m going to be arrested for the second time in my career. And that’s the nature of photojournalism, that’s how quickly a situation can turn on you. One minute you’re talking with deputies and officers you know. The next minute, one you don’t know shows up, decides you don’t belong there, and all hell breaks loose. And that’s what happened on this day.

Amish and Mennonite Photo Coverage in Face of Sexual Abuse, #MeToo – Reading The Pictures

As it happens, visual depictions of Amish and conservative Mennonite communities already share some traits with those of Hollywood celebrities. Many of their photographs in the press look like they were taken by paparazzi: shot from discrete angles, from the side or behind, often with long telephoto lenses. Because they hold a conviction that posing for a photograph can be interpreted as a form of pride, or as an affront to the biblical commandment against graven images, conservative Anabaptists usually resist being photographed. Faraway, detached images, then, are what inform much of the public’s visual vocabulary of Plain church communities. Those who see them at all are used to seeing them from a distance.

This is How Hong Kong Photojournalist Are Protesting Police Actions

Hong Kong police held a press conference yesterday to discuss the anti-extradition bill protests that have been raging this week. Photojournalists showed up to the presser wearing helmets, gas masks, and safety vests in protest of the excessive force they say police have been using against them.

“The Bane of My Existence”: U.K. Sportswriting’s Access Crisis – The Ringer

British journalists chronicling mega-events like the Champions League are often operating on a timeline out of their control and with little access to players, publishing stories well after they’ve been reported. Could this be the dark future of U.S. sports coverage?

‘We face a different danger,’ war photographer Paul Conroy says – Committee to Protect Journalists

In a Q&A with CPJ, British war photographer Paul Conroy discusses his last assignment with Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin in Syria, in 2012, and the dangers for photojournalists, especially when covering conflict.

After Police Raid and a Hearing, a San Francisco Freelancer Will Get His Property Back – The New York Times

Bryan Carmody, the Bay Area freelance journalist whose house was raided by the police this month, was to get back his property that was seized — including his laptop and three decades’ worth of archives — following a hearing in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday.

Who Was Most Opposed to Freeing 2 Reporters in Myanmar? Aung San Suu Kyi – The New York Times

BANGKOK — The biggest obstacle to releasing two imprisoned Reuters reporters in Myanmar was not the country’s military, diplomats and others say, but its de facto civilian leader: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and former political prisoner herself who once declared, “Please use your liberty to promote ours.”

Facebook Algorithms Make It Harder to Catch Extremists – The Atlantic

f grisly images stay up on Facebook or YouTube long enough, self-appointed detectives around the world sometimes use them to reconstruct a crime scene. In July 2017, a video capturing the execution of 18 people appeared on Facebook. The clip opened with a half-dozen armed men presiding over several rows of detainees. Dressed in bright-orange jumpsuits and black hoods, the captives knelt in the gravel, hands tied behind their back. They never saw what was coming. The gunmen raised their weapons and fired, and the first row of victims crumpled to the earth. The executioners repeated this act four times, following the orders of a confident young man dressed in a black cap and camouflage trousers. If you slowed the video down frame by frame, you could see that his black T-shirt bore the logo of the Al-Saiqa Brigade, an elite unit of the Libyan National Army. That was clue No. 1: This happened in Libya.

Myanmar Releases Reuters Journalists Jailed for Reporting on Rohingya Crackdown – The New York Times

Two prize-winning journalists, U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo, were released from prison in Myanmar on Tuesday. They were imprisoned for more than a year after reporting on the country’s treatment of the Rohingya minority group.

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority to Search Travelers’ Phones and Laptops | Electronic Frontier Foundation

BOSTON — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU today asked a federal court to rule without trial that the Department of Homeland Security violates the First and Fourth Amendments by searching travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry without a warrant.

Myanmar’s Highest Court Upholds Conviction of Reuters Journalists – The New York Times

The two reporters, U Wa Lone, 33, and U Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, were sentenced in September to seven years in prison under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act for receiving documents from a police officer. They have been imprisoned for 16 months, drawing international condemnation by human rights groups and media organizations.

The Chinese government bans the word “Leica” from social media – Leica Rumors

The latest short film from F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi: “Leica – The Hunt” I posted here on the blog a few days ago made the Chinese government ban the word “Leica” from social media… because the video refers to the famous “Tank Man” photo taken in Tiananmen Square (the videos keep being removed from YouTube one after another):

Despite Prison and Torture, Shahidul Alam Refuses to Stay Quiet – The New York Times

Ahead of his court case, the Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist discussed democratizing photography and government censorship at the New York Portfolio Review.

These teen activists want you to run their pictures if they die by gun violence. Read these guidelines first. – Poynter organizer Kaylee Tyner, a Columbine High School student, was not born when the shooting occurred. But she says that if students placed a small sticker on their IDs stating, “In the event that I die from gun violence, please publicize the photo of my death,” it would force the public to pay attention to the lives lost.

Ariana Grande Strikes Back at ‘Greedy’ Photogs with Full Copyright Grab

TMZ reports that Grande’s new concert photo policy resulted from years of being “exploited” by people profiting from their concert photos of her.

Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants Women Photographers to Photograph Her | PDNPulse

Actress Brie Larson stars in Captain Marvel, the first in the Marvel cinematic franchise to feature a female superhero as the lead. Larson is using her press junket for the blockbuster movie to advocate for women photographers, and for reporters and photographers of color.

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