The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and the ACLU-NJ released “To Record and Protect,” a policy brief calling on State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to establish a First Amendment policing policy to reaffirm the rights of community members who record police encounters.
June 2, 2021 - Last week, the Washington Supreme Court tried to figure out who counts as a journalist in the digital age. It concluded that just having a camera and a YouTube channel isn’t enough, at least not under state law.
On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, on behalf of thousands of California journalists, an unprecedented coalition of press associations, labor unions and journalism advocacy groups announced their opposition to a recent amendment made to SB 98, a California state bill originally intended to protect journalists from arrest while covering protests. The coalition includes more than 15 independent groups.
The Seattle (Washington) Times reports that it and four other news outlets have been ordered to comply with a subpoena and give the Seattle Police Department unpublished video and photos from a May 30 racial justice protest that turned violent.
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