Restrictive Eavesdropping Law Struck Down by Illinois State Supreme Court, Ruled Unconstitutional

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 2:13 pm

One of the strictest laws against recording, requiring two party consent, has been struck down by the Illinois state supreme court. The court ruled that the eavesdropping law was unconstitutional. “The statute appears to be vague, restrictive and makes innocent conduct subject to prosecution,” an order from the court stated. Also, the statute “lacks a [...]

Interview: Free Press’ Josh Stearns on Importance of Tracking Journalist Arrests

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 4:51 pm

One year ago today, Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street had built an encampment, was raided. During the raid and after, the police arrested a number of journalists and attacked some of them (in addition to the occupiers there who were roughed up and arrested). It was one of the first times that became clear [...]

Police Confiscate Cameras of Observers at Tar Sands Blockade Action

By: Monday October 1, 2012 8:25 pm

A Tar Sands Blockader, Alejandro de la Torre, locked his body in a concrete capsule buried in the path of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline to stop a small family farm in East Texas from being destroyed by construction. He blocked demolition for at least six hours before police were able to break off a chunk [...]

Charlotte Was Transformed into a Total Securitized Metropolis for DNC

By: Friday September 7, 2012 10:19 am

Americans watched speeches by Democratic Party titans like former President Bill Clinton or President Barack Obama, or rising stars like Sandra Fluke and only saw the cheers from delegates and others in attendance at the Democratic National Convention. The total security outside the convention center was taken for granted almost entirely, unless one happened to [...]

Groups Call on Justice Department to Protect Right to Record

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 4:37 pm

Nine groups, which regularly defend free speech and digital rights, have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Justice Department to protect the right to record by examining the arrests of people, who have been documenting Occupy protests. The letter carries extra significance because today is World Press Freedom Day and the [...]

Judge’s Decision on Illinois Eavesdropping Law a Victory for the Right to Record

By: Friday March 2, 2012 3:27 pm

In a ruling that could be considered good news for citizen journalists or live streamers planning to cover the G8/NATO summit protests in Chicago in May, a Cook County judge in Illinois ruled the state’s eavesdropping law is unconstitutional. According to a Chicago Tribune report, Judge Stanley Sacks found the law is unconstitutional because it has [...]

Film Review: ‘Rampart’ Deftly Explores the Character of a Corrupt Cop

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 12:26 pm

Undercover LAPD officer Frank Lyga, a white cop, has already shot and killed Kevin Gaines, an off-duty black LAPD officer, in a road rage shootout. LAPD officer David Mack has already been arrested for his involvement in the robbery of  a Bank of America branch. LAPD officer Brian Hewitt, who was part of the Community [...]

Baltimore Police’s Disregard for the Public’s Right to Record

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 11:31 am

The National Press Photographers’ Association (NPPA) wrote a letter to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) after police interfered with an individual who was trying to record a young man being arrested. The letter notes police interfered with this person less than 24 hours after an order was issued to police directing all personnel to not [...]

Video Police Deleted from Journalist’s Camera After Occupy Miami Eviction Recovered

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 11:52 am

(update below) Miami multimedia journalist Carlos Miller, arrested by Miami-Dade police during the eviction of Occupy Miami, has posted video he recovered from his camera. The footage is believed to have been deleted by police when he was in custody. Miller was able to access the deleted video. In a post, he concludes police spokesperson [...]

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