Reporter arrests

Charges against arrested N.C. reporter dropped

Amy Zhang | Newsgathering | News | August 14, 2013
August 14, 2013

The Wake County District Attorney's office has dropped misdemeanor charges against veteran Charlotte Observer reporter Tim Funk after arresting him in June during a protest.

Arrested Detroit Free Press photographer awaits police reply

Amy Zhang | Newsgathering | News | July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013

The Detroit Free Press is awaiting the results of an internal Detroit Police Department investigation before deciding whether to take legal action against officers that detained a photographer and confiscated recording equipment while she was filming on public property last week.

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.

Anti-terrorism law infringes First Amendment rights, court finds

Raymond Baldino | Prior Restraints | News | May 23, 2012
May 23, 2012

A federal judge in New York recently halted enforcement of a controversial section of an anti-terrorism bill that the court found harms First Amendment rights. Plaintiffs to the case included noted activists, journalists and a member of Icelandic parliament who argued the law had a chilling effect.

Chicago police detained journalists covering girl's murder

Andrea Papagianis | Newsgathering | Feature | March 20, 2012
March 20, 2012

Two journalists were handcuffed and detained by Chicago police outside a hospital over the weekend as they waited to speak with the family of a 6-year-old girl who was murdered.

Roundup: Treatment of reporters at NYC Occupy raid

Kirsten Berg | Newsgathering | Feature | November 17, 2011
November 17, 2011

New York City police are facing tough criticism for their treatment of reporters covering Tuesday's overnight raid of the Zuccotti Park base of the Occupy Wall Street movement for what some journalists are calling and hashtagging a “media blackout.”

Reporters Committee disturbed by detention of credentialed journalists at "Occupy" protests

Press Release | November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011

The singling out of credentialed journalists in an attempt to separate them from the news events unfolding at the police disbanding of the Occupy Wall Street protests is outrageous and unacceptable, according to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director Lucy A. Dalglish.

“It’s extremely disturbing that credentialed reporters would be singled out in a roundup aimed at preventing them from witnessing police activity at the disbanding of the Occupy Wall Street camp,” Dalglish said. “What country are we living in?

Reporters detained, arrested across the country in "Occupy" protests

Kirsten Berg | Newsgathering | Feature | November 4, 2011
November 4, 2011

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer is the latest journalist to be arrested while covering the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have sprung up across the nation, raising questions about how police should define and handle reporters documenting the protests.

Milwaukee photojournalist arrested while filming house fire

Nicole Lozare | Newsgathering | Feature | September 22, 2011
September 22, 2011

A Milwaukee Fox news station and a number of journalism organizations are demanding today that all charges be dropped against a veteran photojournalist whose First Amendment rights they say were violated when police arrested him while filming a house fire outside of the police perimeter.

Clint Fillinger, a photojournalist with Fox6 Now for 45 years, was arrested for resisting and obstructing police on Sunday. The 68-year-old, who sustained some minor injuries when he fell to the ground during his arrest, is expected to return to work by the end of the week.

American journalists in North Korea reportedly pardoned

Corinna Zarek | Newsgathering | Quicklink | August 4, 2009
August 4, 2009

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were reportedly pardoned and expected to be released from North Korean custody Wednesday after being held since March 17 for perpetrating "hostile acts" in entering the country, according to multiple media reports. They had been reporting on North Korean refugees living in China.