Category: Access & Censorship

  • Police in Minnesota Round Up, Detain Photographers Covering a Protest | PetaPixel
    Tim Evans, a freelance photojournalist for the European Pressphoto Agency, says he was tackled to the ground, punched, and sprayed with chemical irritants. He claims that all the while, he was identifying himself as press with his credentials clearly visible. He goes on to claim that the officer who had carried out this attack took Evans’ press badge and threw it away, saying he didn’t care if he was with the media.
  • Opinion | Justice may finally arrive for photojournalist Anton Hammerl slain in Libya – The Washington Post
    Ten years ago, on April 5, 2011, photojournalist Anton Hammerl was killed in Libya when loyalists to Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi targeted Hammerl and several other journalists he was traveling with. The assailants opened fire on them although they clearly identified themselves as members of the international media.
  • Myanmar Soldiers, Aiming to Silence Protests, Target Journalists – The New York Times

    Another photojournalist shot that day, U Si Thu, 36, was hit in his left hand as he was holding his camera to his face and photographing soldiers in Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city. He said he believes the soldier who shot him was aiming for his head.
  • Tennessee Bill to Make ‘Offensive’ Nonconsensual Photos Illegal
    This new law would target those who are taking “embarrassing” or “offensive” images of people in public but would apparently not target general public photography. This new bill, which you can read here, would make it illegal to take a photo for the purpose of “sexual gratification or arousal.” This would apply to photos that would offend or embarrass the subject or are focused specifically on an “intimate” part of the body.
  • Journalists Covering the 2021 Inauguration Urge Officials to Allow Them to Wear Protective Equipment
    “We heard through the Reporters Committee’s hotline that one photojournalist wore a bulletproof vest that prevented her from getting injured when she was stabbed by one of the members of the mob,” the letter reads. “Accordingly, we request that credentialed journalists covering the 2021 inauguration be allowed to carry this life-saving gear, at least outside the most secured area where the inauguration will occur.”
  • Reporters covering the Capitol attack were used to harassment and heckling. But Wednesday was different. – Poynter

    Reporters covering the Capitol attack were used to harassment and heckling. But Wednesday was different.
    When Trump took the stage Wednesday at his “Save America” rally, he started his speech with a rant against the media, calling it “the biggest problem we have as far as I’m concerned — single biggest problem” and falsely claiming “fake news” had stolen the election. Hours later, some of his supporters had taken his message to heart and went after the media members who they saw as responsible for Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.
  • Should journalists play a role in identifying rioters? – Poynter

    Should journalists play a role in identifying rioters?
    News organizations should soon expect to hear from federal law enforcement agencies. National Press Photographers Association General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher says he expects that they will ask or demand that news organizations and individual journalists who documented the siege of the U.S. Capitol turn over their unpublished images and videos.
  • ‘Murder the Media:” How The News Media Became a Target on Capitol Hill – The New York Times

    As Trump supporters rampaged on Wednesday, incited by the president’s false claims of a stolen election, they hit on a secondary target: journalists.
  • Award-Winning Photojournalist Jailed For Photographing Refugee Camp
    Abul Kalam is most well-known for his photography centered on documenting the life of refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh. On December 29, he was arrested and allegedly beaten for photographing the controversial transfer of refugees to a remote island camp.
  • Art and Creative Acts That Were Censored in 2020

    Art and Creative Acts That Were Censored in 2020
    Human rights experts have expressed distress that the pandemic has increased attacks against free speech, LBGTQ+ rights, and peaceful assembly.
  • How Trump Suppresses Photography of Covid-19 Pandemic
    The U.S. government has reinforced media restrictions at hospitals, reducing the flow of disturbing images of the pandemic.
  • Murders of Journalists Doubled in 2020 – The New York Times

    At least 30 journalists were killed this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with 21 slain as a direct result of their work.
  • Mexican photojournalist killed after taking photos of bodies along a road | Mexico | The Guardian
    Jaime Castaño Zacarías is ninth journalist killed in Mexico this year after he was pursued by gunmen
  • Protests Erupt in France Over Proposal to Limit Publication of Images of Police
    The controversial Article 24 in the new Global Security Bill pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron’s government and police unions would make it illegal to publish images of police officers with the intent to cause them harm. Offenders would face up to a year in jail and a fine of €45,000 (~$53,000).
  • Protection of who? – Thoughts of a Bohemian

    Protection of who?
    Proscribing the photographing of people in public places, the depiction of the consequence of violent attacks, and the recording of abuse of power is dramatically limiting citizens’ access to information—the type of information needed to have a healthy democracy. If similar laws were considered in countries with an established fascist regime, it would not surprise anyone.  They all start by suppressing access to information.
  • Million MAGA March: Unravelling a Violent Viral Video – bellingcat
    While the daytime rally included several skirmishes, the number of violent incidents escalated significantly after sunset. There is ample evidence of violence from pro-Trump demonstrators. One assaulted freelance journalist Talia Jane, while a Proud Boy was filmed punching a French photographer in the face. At one point, a large group of Proud Boys and Trump supporters charged at counter-protesters en masse. To be clear, there was also evidence of assaults by left-wing demonstrators, as later highlighted by Trump. But the President’s framing of events erased the violence of his own supporters and painted a misleading, one-sided account.
  • NBA Strips Photographer’s Credentials Over Offensive Kamala Harris Post
    A freelance photographer who has been working with the NBA for several years has been kicked out of the league’s Orlando “bubble” after he was called out for re-sharing an offensive meme about Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris on his Facebook page.
  • Exposing Rodrigo Duterte’s War on the Free Press

    Exposing Rodrigo Duterte’s War on the Free Press
    “It all goes back to Silicon Valley,” Ressa adds. A Thousand Cuts follows the Philippines 2019 legislative elections, when for the first time in 80 years, the opposition failed to secure even a single seat. It illuminates the Duterte government’s use of propaganda and social media to lie to their citizens, obscuring what many of them know to be the truth. This “post-truth” reality is one many people are now far too familiar with, even outside the Philippines. “When Facebook sells our most vulnerable data to the highest bidder, we no more have facts to hold each other accountable by. Accountability from the tech companies is a prerequisite to claim our democracies back. You do not have democracy if you don’t have facts,” Ressa asserts. In one scene, Duterte tells a Rappler journalist, “You will be allowed to criticize us. But you will go to jail for your crimes.” I was immediately reminded of the likes of Gauri Lankesh and Vikram Joshi, journalists back home in India who were murdered for speaking out against the country’s Hindu nationalist government.
  • Libyan National Army ‘sentences’ freelance photojournalist Ismail Abuzreiba al-Zway to 15 years – Committee to Protect Journalists

    Libyan National Army ‘sentences’ freelance photojournalist Ismail Abuzreiba al-Zway to 15 years
    Washington, D.C., August 4, 2020–The Libyan National Army should immediately release photojournalist Ismail Abuzreiba al-Zway, and stop prosecuting journalists in secret trials and in military courts, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
  • Missing Photojournalist Austin Tice, Tops July Ranking Of One Free Press Coalition’s “10 Most Urgent” Press Freedom Cases Press Freedom Cases
    NEW YORK – Aug. 3, 2020 – Freelance photojournalist Austin Tice, who went missing in 2012 while reporting on the civil war in Syria, tops the August ranking of the One Free Press Coalition’s “10 Most Urgent” list of press freedom cases. The “10 Most Urgent” list, issued today by a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers, spotlights journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice.