I checked the Constitution to be sure. It doesn't say anywhere that the 1st Amendment can only be exercised after obtaining a NY press permit. Nor does it mention the word "credentialed". The press can cover the story without credentials. They just cannot cross police lines without some permission slip.
The rest is a joke right?
"access to restricted areas" "public safety" "operational concerns" "non-credentialed" No, it's not a joke. The cops have a need to controll access to that area at that time. The press can either cover the story from outside the police lines or ger a permission slip. I already discussed the problem of failing to recognize an out-of-NYC credential but we can put that off till some other time.
Let me say it this way. When you send your flunky out to make excuses, and the only thing you can come up with is "they didn't have NY press credentials"... Well that makes you the evil villain. A really really stupid villain. Enemy of the people. Enemy of the country. Enemy of the Constitution. I'm going to pretend that is a very generalized comment and was in no way directed at any specific person. That way you avoid the expense of defending yourself in court.
I see folks who refused to learn what the rules are and to follow the rules getting caught not following the rules
These are the rules. Allow me to refresh your memory.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I'm deeply disturbed by the complete disregard for the Constitution displayed here and in NY.
Presume that I am completely ignorant regarding the subject and explain just exactly how NYC and NYPD disregarded the Constitution and/or infringed on the freedom of the press.
Or are you confusing "freedom of the press" with license to go anywhere you want and do anything you want regardless of lawfully imposed limitations?
Lucy Kafanov, a reporter for the RT television network, said she was hit with a police baton while trying to film the protests. She told another reporter for her network that she had her press credentials clearly visible, but was still struck. She also said that she witnessed another reporter from the IndyMedia network being "slammed against the wall" and arrested.
"It does not seem police are making a distinction between press and protesters," she said. Other journalists reported similar incidents.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...py_Wall_Street OK, the cops committed a tort and an unlawful battery. Hold them responsible for those actions by all means. But explain how this equates with "killing" the First Amendment, or even infringing on the freedom of the press.
Occupy Wall Street 'Media Blackout': Journalists Arrested, Roughed Up, Blocked From Covering Clearing
Reporter after reporter — many using the hashtag "#mediablackout" — tweeted through the night, saying that police had either blocked them from seeing what was happening or had acted violently towards them. Some correspondents were also among the scores of people arrested by police.
Here is tweet #7 on linked page:
@poniewozik Our crews had a very difficult time moving around between 1 am and 4 am. Press passes seemed not to impress the cops on scene. OK, the cops seem to be failing to play by their own rules to the extent that they are not recognizing credentials. People often have difficulty moving around and getting a good view at a disturbance. They move to another vantage point. As for cops intentionally blocking their ability to observe and/or acting violently towards reporters - please explain how this infringes on the First Amendment, let alone "kills" it. Again, if the cops commit torts or battery hold them accountable. Either take names, get photos, or file against John Does #1 through #x.
Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer scolded his police department on Tuesday:
I cannot remember any time this many reporters were arrested during a protest … [T]he brash manner in which officers ordered reporters off the streets and then made them back off until the actions of the police were almost invisible is outrageous.
American foreign correspondents routinely put themselves in harm's way to do their jobs, in some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. And their NYC colleagues deserve the freedom to make the same choice. Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square.
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/natio...ti-park/45047/ If the police are acting in a way to prevent the press from observing their actions, thus being unable to report their actions, this is not infringing on the freedom of the press or "killing" the First Amendment. The press has, apparently, been able to report the actions of the cops in blocking their view and offering theories as to why the cops did that, and I presume the press will have the ability to seek redress for both the criminal and civil misbehavior. But will the press (through its individual members) do that? If not, why not?
Freelance radio journalist Julie Walker who was reporting for NPR says she was arrested on disorderly conduct while walking several blocks north of Zuccotti Park after covering the raid. So sue for being falsely arrested. Did the cops infringe on her freedom to report that she had been arrested or that it appears to have been an illegal arrest? If so, how?
“PEN American Center and PEN International today condemned restrictions on press coverage of police crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York and elsewhere, calling the arrests of journalists, the grounding of media helicopters
and the restrictions on access to the Occupy sites ‘an obvious abridgement of the First Amendment right of all Americans to monitor official actions that clearly carry their own First Amendment concerns.’”
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/...tti-park-raid/ It sounds to me that the press as been quite able to report on the inappropriate behavior of the NYPD. I don't see where they have not been able to monitor official actions. I also do not see anything explaining how or why the media (or individual members) could not/would not obtain alternate vantage points. Maybe telephoto shots cause too much cropping for artistic concerns, or wide-angle shots create some linear distortion, but both have been sucessfully used in other places to identify those misbehaving. The job of covering a disturbance is not easy, but the demand for front-row seats with kleig lighting may be a bit over the top even for OWS reporters.
"I'm press!" Rosie Gray, a reporter for the Village Voice, claims she told a female police officer.
Her response: "Not tonight." As I've mentioned before - get the cop's name/badge number and deal with her through channels. This is not abridging freedom of the press or "killing" the First Amendment. It is official misconduct and needs to be addressed.
At a press conference, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said police barred the media from covering the raid for their own protection, and "to prevent a situation from getting worse." I hope Bloombereg's PR and legal folks are having aneurisms over those words. I may be wrong but I understoof that using press credentals to cross police lines constituted a waiver of liability against the government in exchange for close access to events as they happened. If there was a reason to believe the reporters were exascerbaring the disturbance they could be removed. If the NYPD believed the OWS folks were acting up for the press they could have explained that as the reason for asking/telling the press to move back. But still none of that infringes on the freedom of the press - it just shows they do not have license to do whatever they want wherever they want.
Reporters from NPR and the New York Times were among the 200 people whom police officers arrested during the initial raid. Julie Walker, a freelancer for NPR, was arrested "despite the fact that she was wearing an NYPD-issued press pass.
" Police held her for four hours before releasing her. Again - sue them and file official complaints. But this is not infringing on freedom of the press.
Jared Maslin, a reporter for the New York Times's local East Village blog, said he was arrested as he tried to comply with the police orders to move away from the area. Again - sue them and file official complaints. But this is not infringing on freedom of the press.
On Tuesday afternoon, police arrested at least four other journalists who were tracking OWS protestors as they tried to gather at another nearby park. Among that group of arrested reporters were journalists from the Daily News and the Associated Press, according to the Times.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/...232215675.html Again - sue them and file official complaints. But this is not infringing on freedom of the press.
Whiney brats that want unfettered license will usually suffer some uncomfortable consequences.
There is ample evidence of inappropriate and illegal behavior by NYPD members, the NYPD administration , and the NYC administration. Hold their feet to the fire for that - I'll contribute to the legal fund if there is a need for money.
But could we stop seeing Constitutional violations in everything? Some stuff is just illegal without actually violating Constitutional rights - even when the government is doing the illegal actions.