Access & Censorship

Mexican Photojournalist Found Dead After Kidnapping

The government’s Mechanism to Protect Journalists and Rights Activists called for an “immediate and effective investigation” into the killing of Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, 23, who was reportedly kidnapped Thursday by gunmen posing as police officers in the city of San Luis Potosi.

EFF to Court: The First Amendment Protects the Right to Record First Responders | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The First Amendment protects the right of members of the public to record first responders addressing medical emergencies, EFF argued in an amicus brief filed in the federal trial court for the Northern District of Texas. The case, Adelman v. DART, concerns the arrest of a Dallas freelance press photographer for criminal trespass after he took photos of a man receiving emergency treatment in a public area.

Facebook’s war on free will | Technology | The Guardian

In reality, Facebook is a tangle of rules and procedures for sorting information, rules devised by the corporation for the ultimate benefit of the corporation. Facebook is always surveilling users, always auditing them, using them as lab rats in its behavioural experiments. While it creates the impression that it offers choice, in truth Facebook paternalistically nudges users in the direction it deems best for them, which also happens to be the direction that gets them thoroughly addicted. It’s a phoniness that is most obvious in the compressed, historic career of Facebook’s mastermind.

Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities | PDNPulse

Photographer Minzayar Oo, who was reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh on assignment for GEO magazine, was detained with his assistant Hkun Lat on September 7, according to Oo’s agency, Panos Pictures. The two men have been accused of espionage. Police say the journalists entered the country on tourist visas rather than journalist visas, and are charging the pair with “false impersonation” and providing false information, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Panos reports that Oo and Lat have been denied bail, and the agency has called on authorities to release both men immediately.

Promising 24-year-old photographer arrested in Turkey | Arts | DW | 14.09.2017

After 12 days of detention in an Istanbul police station, Turkish photo journalist Cagdas Erdogan was formally arrested on Wednesday according to his agency “140journos” and the Stockholm Center for Freedom.

Press Council writes to NIA, J&K police on arrest of photojournalist | The Indian Express

The Press Council of India (PCI) has served a notice on the NIA, Jammu and Kashmir police chief and the state chief secretary, expressing concern over the arrest of Kamran Yousuf, a freelance photojournalist, on the suspicion that he is a stone thrower who attacked security personnel. The PCI has sought replies from the agency and the officials within two weeks.

News Photographer Shot by Cop Who Mistook Camera and Tripod for Gun

The New Carlisle News reports that its photographer Andy Grimm was shot by Clark County deputy Jake Shaw at around 10 p.m. last night while he was trying to shoot some photos of a traffic stop.

Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me [Updated]

After the meeting, I approached Google’s public relations team as a reporter, told them I’d been in the meeting, and asked if I understood correctly. The press office confirmed it, though they preferred to say the Plus button “influences the ranking.” They didn’t deny what their sales people told me: If you don’t feature the +1 button, your stories will be harder to find with Google.

U.N. Human Rights Chief Condemns Trump’s Attacks on Media – The New York Times

“It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only a cornerstone of the Constitution but very much something the United States defended over the years, is now itself under attack from the president himself,” Mr. al-Hussein said. “It’s a stunning turnaround.”

Trump Takes Aim at the Press, With a Flamethrower – The New York Times

The attacks on ProPublica were so intense that they caused the entire staff to lose access to incoming email for five or six hours on Tuesday, the journalism organization’s president, Richard Tofel, told me.

Trump, Calling Journalists ‘Sick People,’ Puts Media on Edge – The New York Times

But Tuesday’s remarks struck a tone that alarmed journalists more than usual. Margaret Sullivan, a media columnist for The Washington Post, called it “the most sustained attack any president has ever made on the press.”

French President Sues Photographer Who Followed Him on Holiday

The photographer in question, however, apparently went to great lengths to capture images of Macron and his wife. The photographer reportedly used a motorbike to follow Macron and his wife “on several occasions despite repeat warnings from security staff, and sometimes did so in a risky and perilous manner,” the French government tells the Telegraph.

Where Is the Line? Deadly Protest Forces Media to Decide – The New York Times

It took the death of a young woman at the hands of one of the neo-Nazis she was protesting to force the ever-expanding media universe to face a question it has been evading for years: Where’s the line?

Using Photos to Fight Hate: For Better or Worse – PhotoShelter Blog

And thus we confront one of the contemporary conundrums of images and culture. More than any time in the history of photography, images and metadata provide incredibly powerful ways to increase transparency and uncover “truth.” But the potential for malicious or misuse is high. And ironically, publicizing these incidents often brings attention to fringe ideologies.

Los Angeles Bans Photos at Concerts in Public Park

The city of Los Angeles is banning photography at free concerts in a public park, and photographers aren’t happy about it. Several prominent photographer, journalist, and civil rights organizations have joined forces in writing a letter that protests the policy.

TSA Requires a Separate Screening of Cameras in Airports Now

Bad news, photographers: your airport experience in the United States is now more tedious if you’re planning to carry a camera onto the plane. The TSA just announced that all electronics larger than a cell phone need to be placed into a bin for separate screening.

Proof-of-concept camera encrypts images with GPG / Boing Boing

W Aaron Waychoff, creator of the Falsom Upside-Down ⊥ “Resist” campaign, was inspired by this 2016 post; he writes, “I’ve made a proof-of-concept encrypting digital camera based on the open source, widely adoped GnuPG. This project uses public key encryption to encrypt every photo the camera takes before writing the encrypted version to memory. Of particular note, there are absolutely no UI changes over what an ordinary point-and-shoot camera provides. No extra keyboards or touch screens are needed as no passwords need be entered.”