NPPA Joins Lawsuit Against NYPD

Today the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) announced that it was joining 5 elected officials and almost a dozen members of the press in a lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD) and JP Morgan Chase. The lawsuit alleges that the City of New York, the MTA, the NYPD, Brookfield Properties, and JP Morgan Chase conspired to violate the First Amendment rights of press members who were arrested while covering the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. The amended complaint seeks both redress against police misconduct during these arrests and that a federal independent monitor be appointed to observe future NYPD incidents involving the press.

Advocacy

"NPPA vigorously promotes freedom of the press in all its forms."

The National Press Photographers Association’s Advocacy Committee is led by NPPA Advocacy Chair and Attorney Alicia Wagner Calzada and NPPA General Counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher. The committee works to further the NPPA’s mission of advancing visual journalism by addressing local and federal policy issues that affect our members’ ability to provide the public with news images.

NPPA Protests Arrest Of San Diego Photographer

Earlier this week NPPA member and San Diego freelance photojournalists Edward R. Baier was arrested while covering an incident near the San Diego River. Reports state that Baier was on public property and complied with officers in respecting a perimeter they set up. Yet he was arrested and his camera gear was seized.

Charges Dropped Against Atlanta Student Journalists

U.S. Will Introduce Copyright Alert System This Year

Last year, the United States’ newly formed Center for Copyright Information (CCI), joined forces with major ISP’s and stakeholders from the entertainment industry to come up with a six strikes warning system against copyright infringers. Head of the CCI, Jill Lesser, has announced that the Copyright Alert System will still be implemented by the end of this year, even though the enactment missed two deadlines already.

The Fine Print: A Webinar Series On Legal Issues For Photographers

NPPA is presenting a series of Webinars on legal issues by NPPA attorney Alicia Wagner Calzada, intended to help photographers in their business and profession. The second Webinar in the series, "Privacy and Defamation," is 20 minutes long and discusses the basics of privacy and defamation law as it applies to visual journalists. "Privacy and Defamation" is now live on NPPA's Online Education page.

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NPPA General Counsel Helps Keep RNC Journalist-Friendly

NPPA Legal News: Covering The Upcoming National Political Conventions

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New Federal Law Requires Safety Vests For Photographers On Roadways

By Alicia Wagner Calzada

SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 23, 2008) – A new law goes into effect on November 24, 2008, which will require all workers on federal highways to wear high visibility safety apparel, which apparently also includes photojournalists who are there to cover news.

While the law does not specifically list members of the media, it includes “people on foot whose duties place them within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway, such as ... responders to incidents within the highway right-of-way.”

NPPA Retains First Amendment Attorney

DURHAM, NC – The National Press Photographers Association announced today that it will be retaining an attorney to assist with its growing need to support photographers’ rights. The move will enhance the organization’s ability to fight policies that are harmful for photojournalists.