Media groups weigh in on Ohio University photographer's arrest


By Jim Phillips

A number of national press organizations have expressed concern about the arrest of an Ohio University graduate student, for allegedly interfering with police and emergency personnel while taking pictures during the Athens uptown Halloween celebration earlier this fall.

Police say Nicolas Tanner was getting in the way of paramedics who were handling an emergency call on Franklin Avenue, that he refused to move, and that he tried to flee when Athens Police attempted to arrest him. He is charged in Athens County Municipal Court with obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Tanner's supporters say the 28-year-old, who is studying photojournalism, was exercising his First Amendment rights to photograph something happening in a public place.

Read Jim Phillips's story about it all here.