Category: Access & Censorship

ZORIAH: Embed Termination – Statement About My Situation in Iraq

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Photo by Zoriah

After the post was online, I was told that the Marine Corps would not allow even the pants or shoes of a injured or killed Marine to be depicted in images. This was a rule I had never been told or even heard of.  I refused to remove the blog post.  It seemed insane to me that the Marines would embed a war photographer and then be upset when photographs were taken of war.

A few minutes later my embed was terminated and a convoy was arranged, despite a fierce sand storm, to bring me to Camp Fallujah where I would wait for the first flight out of the Marines area of operation and into the Green Zone.

Check it out here.

Judge Throws the Book at Photographer

It’s finally over … or is it? In an unfortunate turn of events, it looks like Carlos Miller, the Miami photographer and journalist who was arrested last year while photographing police, has been sentenced to one year probation, 100 hours of community service, anger management class and a $540.50 court cost payment.

Interestingly enough, a jury found Miller not guilty of both disobeying a police officer and disorderly conduct. They did find him guilty, however, of resisting arrest without violence.

Check it out here.

Runnin' Scared: The NYPD Harasses a Photographer at Coney Island by Sean Gardiner

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Manhattan commercial photographer Simon Lund loves Coney Island so much that he treks out there 10 to 20 times each summer to take pictures. But it was only on his latest venture that Lund encountered something he’d never experienced in all his trips there over the years: an unwanted photo editor from the NYPD.

As if he were in a police state, Lund was intimidated by a cop into giving up his film, even though he was doing nothing wrong and wasn’t formally accused of anything.

Check it out here. Via PDNPulse.

Bruce Schneier: Are photographers really a threat?

What is it with photographers these days? Are they really all terrorists, or does everyone just think they are?

Since 9/11, there has been an increasing war on photography. Photographers have been harrassed, questioned, detained, arrested or worse, and declared to be unwelcome. We’ve been repeatedly told to watch out for photographers, especially suspicious ones. Clearly any terrorist is going to first photograph his target, so vigilance is required.

Except that it’s nonsense.

Check it out here.

Journalist's Journey To Iraq

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By Robert Scheer, Indianapolis Star Visuals Dept

In covering our guys in Iraq, we heard and saw a lot of things that they didn’t want us to publish — such as how fast they drive, where the commander generally is on a convoy. The key thing is to know what photo or story might jeopardize a life, and which won’t. If you embed, you’ll receive countless pieces of paper containing security concerns. They’re important, be sure to digest them.

Early on, we sent some info out that we shouldn’t have. The folks at Q-West weren’t too pleased with us. At some point during the process of being scolded over and over for about two days, by everyone from Privates to Lt. Colonels, we were led into a dark room with gaudy oversized furniture and told in no uncertain terms that every story and every image we sent had to be scrutinized by the resident intel officer, at the other end of the base. This meant a two-mile walk every time we wanted to send to our editors. Back home, our editors were ready to start calling up various generals to read the riot act, but in Iraq, it was either “live with it, or go home.”

Check it out here.

Photographer risks losing eye after being hit by policeman during protest

Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the way a policeman on horseback struck photographer Víctor Salas several times with a metal riding crop while he was covering a protest yesterday in Valparaíso, a city to the west of Santiago. Salas, who works for the Spanish news agency EFE, has been hospitalised and risks using the use of his right eye as a result of the blows.

“Unfortunately this is not the first time that the Chilean security forces have used violence against the news media while maintaining order,” the press freedom organisation said. “We support the call by EFE’s Santiago bureau for the policeman who hit Salas to be identified and punished. How could a law enforcement officer have behaved with such lack of judgment? The investigation should seek the answer to this question.”

Check it out here. Via PDNPulse

RANGERS SET TO STRIKE RANCH, WANT MEDIA TO GO AWAY FIRST

At this hour there are at least 6 media trucks parked just outside the gates of the ranch.

Around 2 this afternoon, the Texas Rangers were set to strike, and aborted the strike once they saw the trucks.

They then ordered sheriff Doran to get the media trucks away from the ranch.

Everyone inside the Ranch expects the raid to commence once the media leaves, or for the rangers to corral the media “For their own safety” away from the compound so they can do their “Search”.

Check it out here.

Jury Clears Photographer Who Refused to Stop Photographing an Arrest

I was pleased today to see an article about photographer Nick Evans being cleared by a Galveston jury of misdemeanor charges of interfering with police while photographing an arrest at a Mardi Gras celebration in 2007.

While I’m amazed that any prosecutor would actually take this kind of a case to trial (in this case prosecutor April Powers), I’m pleased that a jury had the common sense to dismiss the charges.

Check it out here.

"Two FBI agents just showed up at my door for taking photos in the Port of Los Angeles" – Boing Boing

I’m a professional stock photographer, and just this morning, I was greeted by two FBI antiterrorism agents who wanted to question me regarding shooting in the Port of Los Angeles two weeks ago. When I was down there, a private security guard in a pickup truck chased me out of the area and onto the freeway. After he stopped following me, apparently he filed a report with the FBI.

Check it out here.