This section covers many of the issues that journalists encounter as they're on the streets trying to gather news, including being stopped by police for reporting on or photographing at an emergency scene, being held back because you've been denied credentials, and being kept off of public or private property while covering a story. While reporters don't have a greater right of access than the general public, officials sometimes go out of their way to interfere with journalists simply because they are reporting to a larger audience. This section also covers controversies involving interviewing prisoners.
Digital Journalist's Legal Guide
Everything online journalists need to protect their legal rights. This free resource culls from all Reporters Committee resources and includes exclusive content on digital media law issues.
Photographer Paul Raef was charged with violating California Vehicle Code Section 40008, which provides enhanced penalties to drivers who violate one of the state's reckless driving laws with the intent to capture a visual image or sound recording for a commercial purpose. A trial court judge dismissed the charges in Nov. 2012, concluding that Section 40008 targets First Amendment-protected activity and is not narrowly tailored to serve the government's interest.