Freedom of the press

NYPD press passes allow reporters to cross police lines and attend official press conferences. But some journalists say the police shouldn't be gatekeepers of the press.
"Reporters should not be arrested for doing their jobs."
The cop faces up to four years in prison.
A "clerical error" is to blame. Sort of.
After two trials, a hung jury, and the mysterious absence of a police witness, a photographer was acquitted of obstructing governmental administration last week.
Officer Michael Ackermann of the 44th precinct has been charged with a felony.
Why not mock the powerful people sitting in the front row who shield the tactic from serious scrutiny and lie about its impact on the city's crime rate?
"We've become increasingly concerned over the last two years about a growing lack of transparency at the NYPD," the Times explained in 2010.
"We strongly object to any journalists being harassed, intimidated and arrested when clearly displaying press identification solely because they were not considered to be 'properly credentialed' by the police."
"My cameras were returned to me two weeks ago. Getting my gear back was the first step and now I have my credentials. The next part of this process will be getting the charges dropped."
We had to pay Norman Siegel $5,000 to represent us during an appeal, but the NYPD finally issued Gothamist press credentials. Here's how it went down.
Despite a memo from Commissioner Kelly directing the NYPD to respect the rights of the media, this video shows an officer hitting a credentialed photographer's lens and saying repeatedly, "My personal space, sir."
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