L.A. Pays $50k to Harassed Photogs, Agrees to Train Sheriff’s Deputies

L.A. Pays $50k to Harassed Photogs, Agrees to Train Sheriff’s Deputies

The settlement stems from a lawsuit the ACLU filed on behalf of the photographers in 2011. The suit alleged that L.A. County Sheriff’s Department deputies violated the photographers’ First and Fourth Amendment rights “by detaining, searching and questioning them for nothing more than taking photographs of Metro Rail turnstiles, oil refineries and traffic whizzing by a court house.”

L.A. Pays $50k to Harassed Photogs, Agrees to Train Sheriff’s Deputies

DOJ Report Blasts Ferguson Police for First Amendment Violations

DOJ Report Blasts Ferguson Police for First Amendment Violations

The DOJ says in the report that FPD arrests citizens “for a variety of protected conduct,” including talking back to officers, recording public police activities, and lawful protest.

The report cites a number of examples, including several involving recent arrests of citizens who recorded–or attempted to record–police carrying out their duties in public.

DOJ Report Blasts Ferguson Police for First Amendment Violations

Hillary Clinton exclusively used private email while secretary of state – Boing Boing

Hillary Clinton exclusively used private email while secretary of state

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Open government advocates blasted the Bush administration for using off-the-books email accounts to conduct official business, so it’s only fair Hillary Clinton today finds herself in deep sh*t after the revelation she exclusively used a private email account while serving as secretary of state. When federal officials use non-archived email services, it’s a big red flag.

Hillary Clinton exclusively used private email while secretary of state – Boing Boing

Debate over beheading photo | UTSanDiego.com

Debate over beheading photo

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“I felt – and feel – very strongly that we should not have used the still image from the Islamic State group’s video,” Photo editor David Poller said. “My argument is we are helping that group’s propaganda effort when we show kneeling victims in orange jumpsuits moments before their deaths. Photos of the victims’ families in Egypt reacting to the news of the mass killings were available.

Debate over beheading photo | UTSanDiego.com

The James Risen case and Eric Holder’s tarnished press freedom legacy – Boing Boing

The James Risen case and Eric Holder’s tarnished press freedom legacy

Along the way, we found out that the government had spied on virtually every aspect of James Risen’s digital life from phone calls, to emails, to credit card statements, bank records and more. (By the way, we still have no idea how they got this information. That’s secret.)

The James Risen case and Eric Holder’s tarnished press freedom legacy – Boing Boing

Print Your Photos or Risk Losing Them to the Digital Dark Age, Internet Pioneer Warns

Print Your Photos or Risk Losing Them to the Digital Dark Age, Internet Pioneer Warns

Want to make sure a photograph survives your lifetime? Print it out. That’s the warning Internet pioneer Vint Cerf gave at a talk recently, saying that vast amounts of digital information may soon be lost in a new digital “dark age.”

Print Your Photos or Risk Losing Them to the Digital Dark Age, Internet Pioneer Warns

Fox News Website Offers Unedited ISIS Execution Video – NYTimes.com

Fox News Website Offers Unedited ISIS Execution Video

In a statement, John Moody, the executive editor of Fox News, said that after careful consideration the network felt that giving its audience “the option to see for themselves the barbarity of ISIS outweighed legitimate concerns about the graphic nature of the video. Online users can choose to view or not view this disturbing content.”

Fox News Website Offers Unedited ISIS Execution Video – NYTimes.com

Clichy : Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s Silence taken down: when fear becomes censorship – The Eye of Photography

Clichy : Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s Silence taken down: when fear becomes censorship

This installation by Zoulikha Bouabdellah, exhibited at the Pavillon Vendôme in Clichy, was taken down by the photographer and Christine Ollier, following a complaint from a Muslim association. Where are we headed? Were the demonstrations of January 11th all for nothing?

Clichy : Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s Silence taken down: when fear becomes censorship – The Eye of Photography

Facebook censoring images of Tibetan monks who are self-immolating to protest China – Boing Boing

Facebook censoring images of Tibetan monks who are self-immolating to protest China

The nonprofit group International Campaign for Tibet will today deliver a petition to Facebook headquarters demanding that the company not censor images of Tibetan monks’ self-immolation.

Facebook censoring images of Tibetan monks who are self-immolating to protest China – Boing Boing

Colombian photojournalist escapes kidnappers – Committee to Protect Journalists

Colombian photojournalist escapes kidnappers

“We are relieved that photojournalist Johanny Vargas is home safe and sound,” said Carlos Lauría, CPJ’s senior program coordinator for the Americas, from New York. “Colombian authorities must thoroughly investigate his kidnapping, bring those responsible to justice, and ensure Vargas’s safety.”

Colombian photojournalist escapes kidnappers – Committee to Protect Journalists

Arkansas Bill Criminalizes Capturing and Possessing Certain Camera Drone Photos

Arkansas Bill Would Criminalize Capturing and Possessing Certain Camera Drone Photos

The bill goes on to state that possessing and distributing photos that were captured by unlawful drone usage is also an offense, and that unlawful drone usage puts you at risk of civil lawsuits and $1,000 for each photo of a person or property photographed unlawfully.

Arkansas Bill Criminalizes Capturing and Possessing Certain Camera Drone Photos