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Forums » Misc » An end to 'Witness'?? Protect YOUR right to record.
lore16 May 2012 at 3:20amPosts: 1659 (0 today)Status: offline
If it can happen here, in the United States, it can happen anywhere:
The First Amendment has come under assault on the streets of America.
Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of access to information are vital whether you’re a credentialed journalist, a protester or a bystander with a camera. The First Amendment’s protections must extend to everyone.
Police have arrested dozens of journalists and activists simply for attempting to document political protests in public spaces. We are calling on the Justice Department to address this widespread abuse and protect everyone’s right to record.
Defend the First Amendment
Since September, police have arrested dozens of journalists and activists around the country for the “crime” of trying to document political protests in public spaces.
People with smartphones and cameras are changing the way we record and share breaking news. In return, police have targeted, harassed — and in many cases, arrested — those trying to bear witness.
Whether you’re a credentialed journalist, a protester or a bystander with a camera, you are guaranteed freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of access to information. In the digital age, these freedoms mean that we all have the right to record.
Free Press and a coalition of free speech and digital rights groups have sent a letter urging Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to defend this right.
thank you lore for this. unfortunately, only people coming from american countries can sign letter.
Zenrider19 May 2012 at 4:52amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
I am well aware of the attack on freedom and liberty. Illinois, a supposed Democratic state, is one of the states that has a law in the books making it illegal to video police in the performance of their duties. Granted, it hasn't really been followed through on, likely because they do like using such videos when it vindicates the police, but the fact such a law exists is an affront to liberty.