“I want to be able to do my job as a member of the media and not be arrested for just doing my job,” Scott Olson said in a statement from Getty Images. The company “condemns Scott’s arrest,” vice-president for news Pancho Bernasconi said.
I had never witnessed police treat journalist like this in the four years I worked as a crime reporter in South Florida. Some officers have tried to keep me away from crime scenes, but never stopped me from covering a story altogether.
The Obama administration has prosecuted more people under the 1917 Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. Risen called it “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation
What transpired in the streets appeared to be a kind of municipal version of shock and awe; the first wave of flash grenades and tear gas had played as a prelude to the appearance of an unusually large armored vehicle, carrying a military-style rifle mounted on a tripod
NPPA’s legal counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher wrote, “In any free country the balance between providing police protection with integrity and over-zealous enforcement is delicate. It is one thing for officers to act when there is reasonable suspicion; it is quite another to abuse that discretion by chilling free speech and creating a climate of fear and distrust under the pretext of safety and security.”
Two years ago, Austin Tice, a former U.S. Marine who had been working as a freelance journalist and contributing articles to The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and other news outlets was kidnapped while reporting from Syria