Category: Ethics & Legal

Secret Service Agent Throws Photojournalist to the Ground at Trump Event

A United States Secret Service agent choked and threw photojournalist Christopher Morris to the ground at a Donald Trump event in Virginia. It is unclear what provoked this response at this point in time, but it is phenomenally disturbing. Mr. Morris has spent more than 40 years covering conflicts internationally and is a highly regarded photojournalist who was on assignment...

This Week in Athens: First Amendment Issues, Copyright Registrations Workshop

Big things happening this week … Friday, January 22: First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces – This event is jointly hosted by Grady College and the National Press Photographers Association with generous support from the Sinclair Broadcast Group and will feature multiple panels and discussions prompted by the events at the University of Missouri in November. Panelists will include the...

Missouri Update: Dean’s Statement

Dean David Kurpius from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism has released a statement regarding Monday’s incident. Also, for clarification, Assistant Professor Melissa Click, featured in several videos confronting journalists, is not a faculty member in the Missouri School of Journalism. She is a member of the MU Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Science. In...

Challenging California’s Anti-Paparazzi Law

The first case challenging the Constitutionality of California’s 2010 anti-paparazzi law is headed to court and the National Press Photographers Association is joining in. The law applies penalties to working photographers for driving infractions that differ from those applies to non-photographers. The appeal points out that the statute creates different punishments for individuals breaking the same driving laws. For example,...

We Are Not the Enemy

Reading through Niko Koppel’s New York Times piece on the conviction of New York City police officer Michael Ackermann is both discouraging and encouraging. Discouraging in that photographer Robert Stolarik was arrested and charged in 2012 for doing a legally permitted thing, encouraging that Ackermann may now spend time in jail for his unlawful actions and lying in court. But...