A Victory on the Citizen Photojournalism Front
More U.S. cities are enforcing unconstitutional laws barring citizens from filming police officers, public officials and in certain public places in general. The fight to restore the basic rights photographers often take for granted just got a boost in Boston, as reported by Universal Hub (via A Photo Editor):
In its ruling, which lets Simon Glik continue his lawsuit, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said the way Glik was arrested and his phone seized under a state wiretapping law violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights.
“Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting ‘the free discussion of governmental affairs.’”