ATHENS, GA (October 6, 2015) – Ever since 9/11 there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet where they may be viewed and shared. Video recordings of police have played an integral role in many recent news stories, but questions still remain about the rights of citizens and journalists to photograph and record in public both on the ground and in the air.
On October 20, 2015, at 6 p.m. as part of Free Speech Week a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, will examine constitutional questions, [issues, search and seizure, exigent circumstances, and qualified immunity] as well as provide practical advice regarding the best ways to handle these situations. There will also be discussion of privacy concerns, police bodycams and the latest legal updates on use of drones for newsgathering.
This is a ticketed event at the National Press Club's Broadcast Center Studio A, and the ticket request form is online here.
The panelists will include:
John Verdi, Director of Privacy Initiatives, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Chuck Tobin, Esq. First Amendment Attorney with Holland and Knight
Parker Gyrokes, owner of Propellerheads Aerial Photography
Commander Ralph Ennis, Chief of Staff, DC Metro Police Department
Mannie Garcia, Visual Journalist
Moderator: Mickey H. Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association
For more information contact Osterreicher at [email protected].