City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest – citypaper.com

City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest

In a video shot by City Paper Managing Editor Baynard Woods you can see Giordano, wearing a green jacket, and a protester, both of whom had just been knocked to the ground by police, being beaten as Woods yells, “He’s a photographer! He’s press!” 

City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest – citypaper.com

White House Press Corps to members: ‘It’s time for us to band together…’ | Poynter.

White House Press Corps to members: ‘It’s time for us to band together…’

The proposals made to the association members include the president taking questions from the press “on a regular basis, no less than once per week” and being “available in response to significant news developments.”

White House Press Corps to members: ‘It’s time for us to band together…’ | Poynter.

Photojournalist Andy Spyra Deported from Turkey on Allegations He’s a Jihadist

Photojournalist Andy Spyra Deported from Turkey on Allegations He’s a Jihadist

Photojournalist Andy Spyra was barred from entering Turkey on March 28 because Turkish authorities suspected he was an Islamic militant, according to press reports. Spyra, who was on assignment for Der Spiegel, was stopped at an Istanbul airport, searched, detained and deported to Germany the next day. While in Turkish custody, the German General Consulate protested his detention and attempted to explain that he was a journalist.

Photojournalist Andy Spyra Deported from Turkey on Allegations He’s a Jihadist

With publication of pool reports, Gawker loosens up the Beltway | Poynter.

With publication of pool reports, Gawker loosens up the Beltway

But before journalists can use the reports, they are first filtered through White House officials, who distribute them to the press corps via email. This has led to cases of censorship from an administration that has occasionally tried to squelch certain details. In October, The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi reported that White House officials demanded that reporters cut out pieces of their dispatches, including details of the president’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” and one of Michelle Obama’s trips to the gym.

In both cases, the reporters acquiesced to the changes before the White House sent along the reports to all the recipients of the email list.

With publication of pool reports, Gawker loosens up the Beltway | Poynter.

Texas Bill Makes it a Crime to Photograph Police From Within 25 Feet of Them

Texas Bill Makes it a Crime to Photograph Police From Within 25 Feet of Them

House Bill 2918, filed in the Texas House of Representatives this past Tuesday by Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), would make pointing a camera at police from within 25 feet a class B misdemeanor. Furthermore, citizens who carry a handgun would not be able to photograph officers from within 100 feet.

Texas Bill Makes it a Crime to Photograph Police From Within 25 Feet of Them

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