Category: Access & Censorship

Another London photographer arrested for "terrorism" (i.e. "taking a picture of a public building") – Boing Boing

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A photographer who spent his whole life photographing and painting around his home neighbourhood of Elephant and Castle in London was arrested under anti-terror laws and jailed, his DNA and fingerprints taken. He was released after five hours, once his Member of Parliament intervened. Under current policies, his DNA will remain on file forever — though the EU has ordered Britain to cease this practice.

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Blurred Out: 51 Things You Aren't Allowed to See on Google Maps

Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex’s house. But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a “Prohibited” sign on the following 51 places.

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Schmuck Alert!

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“Always Be Rollin’…” That’s what we teach ’em at The Lenslinger Institute. So whether you’re a rent-a-cop, a shackled crackhead or just some bystander with a bad caffeine buzz, keep your meathooks to yourself. Or you could end up HERE where your lopsided drop-kicks and warbling cries of “Wolverine!” will echo long after your bitter spittle has all dried up. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya…..

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DA will not charge Oakland Tribune photojournalist – Inside Bay Area

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will not file criminal charges against an Oakland Tribune photojournalist who was detained last Friday while covering a student protest against immigration raids.
Assistant district attorney Tom Rogers would not elaborate on the decision, which was made Tuesday afternoon. Rogers had reviewed allegations made by a school district police officer against Tribune videographer Jane Tyska that included vandalism, blocking the street and inciting a riot.

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Press Freedom: "Collateral Damage" // Current

the NUJ has released a short film called Press Freedom: “Collateral Damage” which tackles the issue of police surveillance of bona fide journalists who document political dissent.

The film is a damming account of the Orwellian techniques and methods of the Metropolitan Police Forward Intelligence Team (FIT Squad) over the last few years.

This film includes evidence of the FIT Squad targeting working journalists and footage of police attacking journalists when covering protests. The film also has an interview with Jeremy Dear and photographers outside New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police.

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Galveston Officials Restrict Media Access After Ike

“Daily News reporters who tried to speak to city employees at rescue sites were denied information and told no one was authorized to talk to them except for the mayor and city manager,” the paper reported.

“It’s the worst thing the city could do. Those who will suffer most are evacuees,” Publisher Dolph Tillotson said in the story. “The media will have to turn to other sources that might be less reliable. I can’t imagine a dumber move under these extreme circumstances.”

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The Killers: Change we can believe in | Music | The Observer

Throughout the show a member of the Killers’ entourage takes pictures from the side of the stage. These days he is the only photographer allowed to shoot the band live. After gigs, the media are invited to pick shots that the band have selected to put up on a special website. Later I ask (Killers’ singer) Brandon Flowers why such an edict is necessary.

‘Ah-ha-ha,’ he laughs nervously. He begins by saying that the ban on outside photographers was in response to publications tending to use the same kind of image repeatedly: him with his mouth wide open, singing. Or, as he puts it, ‘the screaming moment… It just to got to be – well, for me, I didn’t like it.’

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Tribune photographer handcuffed at crash scene sues Oakland police

An Oakland Tribune photographer filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the city of Oakland, saying police illegally barred him from taking pictures at a freeway crash scene and handcuffed him when he persisted.

Ray Chavez, 44, said officers had interfered with his right as a member of the press to cover news, specifically a car crash and the emergency response time.

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Mostly True: The Cover That Never Was

David Burnett and I were comissioned by a high-profile magazine to make a cover image of Michael Phelps. Actually it was David who they wanted. David to his credit and as a testimont to his experience suggested that both of us do the shoot at the same time. It was a pretty smart and somewhat bold idea. Two sets of eyes, two brains working togeather to make the most out of the five minutes that we’d (hopefully) get.

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