Charges dropped against photographer arrested during Occupy protest

Emily Miller | Newsgathering | News | May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012

A state judge today dismissed the remaining charges against a Santa Cruz photographer about to stand trial for his coverage of an “Occupy” demonstration in Santa Cruz last year.

Bradley Stuart Allen was charged in February with a felony conspiracy, a felony vandalism and two misdemeanor trespassing charges after he published his photographs of a November demonstration to the online media outlet Indybay.

Council members, protesters and journalists seek federal monitor for New York City police department

Chris Healy | Newsgathering | News | May 3, 2012
May 3, 2012

A federal lawsuit filed early this week by New York City Council members, Occupy protesters, and journalists asks the court to appoint an independent federal official to monitor the city police department's practices regarding First Amendment rights.

The suit, which names as defendants Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and a number of police officers, alleging that the department has engaged in "systematic violations" of their First Amendment rights.

Reporters Committee to host free webinars on covering protests and courts

Press Release | May 1, 2012
May 1, 2012
Reporters Committee to host free webinars on covering protests and courts

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is hosting two free webinars in May and June to help journalists understand their rights to attend, report on and photograph protests and court proceedings.

Attorney arrested for recording officers in public receives $170,000 in settlement with City of Boston

Haley Behre | Newsgathering | News | March 27, 2012
March 27, 2012

A Massachusetts attorney arrested for using his cellphone to record police officers while they arrested a man in public received a $170,000 settlement for damages and legal fees from the City of Boston on Monday.

Philadelphia police arrest Temple student photographing them while making an unrelated traffic stop

Andrea Papagianis | Newsgathering | News | March 26, 2012
March 26, 2012

A photojournalism student was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest after photographing Philadelphia police officers who made a traffic stop outside of his home. Temple University junior Ian Van Kuyk was allegedly thrown to the ground and arrested while taking photographs of police for a class assignment.

Calif. photographer faces felony conspiracy, misdemeanor trespass charges for "Occupy" coverage

Haley Behre | Newsgathering | Feature | March 19, 2012
March 19, 2012

A California judge refused to dismiss a felony conspiracy and two misdemeanor trespassing charges against a photojournalist for his coverage of an “Occupy” demonstration in Santa Cruz.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Sillman did rule last week, however, that the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence that Bradley Stuart Allen committed felony vandalism, another offense he faced as a result of his newsgathering activities, and dismissed that charge after a hearing last week, Allen’s attorney, Ben Rice, said in an interview.

Trespassing charges against Vt. editor will go to trial

Andrea Papagianis | Newsgathering | Feature | March 6, 2012
March 6, 2012

A Vermont judge declined to dismiss charges against a newspaper publisher who was charged with criminal trespassing while covering an anti-wind energy protest on Lowell Mountain.

D.C. journalist arrested, charged with assaulting officer

Haley Behre | Newsgathering | Feature | February 14, 2012
February 14, 2012

A Washington Times reporter was arrested while covering the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. and said she was struck by police, but declined to disclose whether she will file a formal complaint.

Six journalists arrested at Occupy Oakland

Rachel Bunn | Newsgathering | Feature | January 30, 2012
January 30, 2012

At least six journalists were among more than 400 arrested during the Occupy Oakland demonstration in California over the weekend.

Protesters clashed with police in what began as a midday rally on Saturday that escalated into violence with rock throwing and tear gas spraying. Protesters are also accused of breaking into Oakland City Hall, vandalizing the walls and burning an American flag, according to news reports.

Some journalists still facing charges after Occupy arrests

Nicole Lozare | Newsgathering | Feature | December 20, 2011
December 20, 2011

While many journalists covering "Occupy" protests around the country still face arrest and looming court dates, some are learning that they will not face charges.