NYC Police To Meet NYPPA, NPPA Members To Discuss Republican Convention Plans, Access

Aug 1, 2004

Members of the New York City Police Department will meet August 12 with representatives and members of the New York Press Photographers Association and the National Press Photographers Association to discussion preparations and policies for the upcoming Republican National Convention in New York City. The convention in Madison Square Garden begins August 30 and runs through September 2.

Todd Maisel, of the New York Daily News, who is secretary of the NYPPA, announced the Thursday, August 12, meeting with police. It will be held at 1 Police Plaza, New York, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pressroom Auditorium. An RSVP is required for admission to the meeting due to security concerns. There will be no exceptions.

The meeting will address what's been done to make convention areas secure, what access media will have at specific sites, and what will be done to insure media access to related events (including protests, rallies, and related disturbances). If you're covering the Republican convention, "You can't afford to miss this meeting," Maisel said.

Maisel said that police believe there have been past attempts to infiltrate the media in order to gain close access to political leaders and sensitive locations, so security measures to access this policy meeting will be in enforced. Maisel also extends the meeting invitation to representatives of NYPPA and NPPA publications, wire services, photography agencies, and magazines. Food and refreshments will be served.

To RSVP call +1.212.889.6633 or eMail nyppa@aol.com well before the meeting date. Absolutely no one will be admitted to the meeting who is not on the cleared guest list. Contact Todd Maisel for more information.