Baltimore photographer arrested while covering event

Latara Appleby | Newsgathering | News | November 7, 2013
November 7, 2013

A Maryland photographer working with the Baltimore City Paper is fighting an arrest after being taken to jail while covering a concert that police were closing down last week.

The police were already on scene when Noah Scialom arrived at a concert venue. Scialom said in an interview that, although he started by taking photos in the vestibule, he moved to the sidewalk and was standing with a group of 10 to 15 people when he was “blindside tackled” by a police officer. He said it is an “undisputable fact” that he was on the sidewalk, out of the way. “You can see [in the photos] that that is where I am; you can see the vestibule,” he said.

N.C. religious reporter recently arrested while covering protest to fight charges

Amy Zhang | Reporter's Privilege | News | June 17, 2013
June 17, 2013

A Charlotte Observer religion reporter recently arrested while covering a "Moral Mondays" protest before the Raleigh General Assembly will fight to have the charges dropped at his August court date.

Veteran reporter Tim Funk was arrested on June 10 and charged with trespassing and failure to disperse. Funk was one of over 80 people arrested at the protest that day. The demonstration was part of a weekly protest led by the North Carolina NAACP that began in April after the legislature passed a series of bills that slashed benefits for citizens and raised taxes.

Journalists covering Arkansas oil spill threatened with arrest

Lilly Chapa | Newsgathering | News | April 9, 2013
April 9, 2013

Journalists covering an Arkansas oil spill in a suburban neighborhood said they were threatened with arrests, kicked out of the disaster site and had to seek permission from ExxonMobil to fly over the evacuated area.

An ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Ark., on March 29, causing 22 homes to be evacuated in the small town located north of Little Rock. So far, more than 19,000 barrels of oil have been collected.

Justice issues letter supporting photojournalist arrested for taking pictures of police

Lilly Chapa | Newsgathering | News | March 7, 2013
March 7, 2013

The Department of Justice issued a rare letter supporting the constitutional rights of a photojournalist suing Montgomery County, Md., police officers who arrested him for taking their pictures while on duty.

The Justice’s Statement of Interest issued Monday urges the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to uphold citizens’ constitutional rights to record police officers in their public capacity without being arrested or having the recordings unlawfully seized.

At least five journalists arrested during OWS protests

Lilly Chapa | Newsgathering | News | September 17, 2012
September 17, 2012

At least five journalists have been arrested in Manhattan while covering Occupy Wall Street protests marking the one-year anniversary of the movement.

New York City police said the department has arrested 146 people between Saturday and this afternoon. Those arrested include Hunter College student journalist John Bolger, economic journalist Mark Provost, illustrator Molly Crabapple and photojournalists Julia Reinhart and Charles Meacham.

Police planning credited with avoiding problems at Republican National Convention

Lilly Chapa | Newsgathering | News | September 4, 2012
September 4, 2012

The 2012 Republican National Convention last week saw minimal arrests, no violence and fewer protesters, a marked contrast from past conventions. The Democratic convention is also starting off with few incidents.

New York Times freelance photographer arrested and allegedly beaten

Emily Miller | Newsgathering | News | August 6, 2012
August 6, 2012

Media advocates are expressing outrage over the arrest of a New York Times freelance photographer Saturday night. New York police allegedly knocked the journalist to the ground, beat him and took his two cameras and press credentials.

Journalist settles with city of Pittsburgh over wrongful arrest during G-20 summit in 2009

Amanda Simmons | Newsgathering | News | July 31, 2012
July 31, 2012

The city of Pittsburgh settled a federal lawsuit with a journalist who claimed he was arrested and wrongfully detained under harsh conditions for 12 hours after covering protests of the Group of 20 economic summit three years ago.

UC Berkeley police settle with unlawfully arrested photographer for $162,500; more police training

Raymond Baldino | Reporter's Privilege | News | July 5, 2012
July 5, 2012

The University of California Berkeley Police Department has settled with an independent photographer who sued the department after he was arrested and had his photographs confiscated while covering a protest in 2009. As part of the $162,500 settlement, the department has also agreed to change its policies towards the media and train officers about journalists' legal protections.

Reporters Committee launches special hotline for media covering Chicago NATO summit

Press Release | May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, in conjunction with the Chicago law firm Mandell Menkes, has established a local hotline for journalists covering the upcoming NATO summit who may be arrested or otherwise obstructed from covering protests and other public events.