A year later, another letter from the press to the NYPD, complaining of harassment at Occupy Wall Street
12:38 pm Oct. 1, 2012
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Local news organizations have sent yet another letter to NYPD brass complaining of police interference with the press.
The latest, dated today, focuses on several recent incidents including the Aug. 4 arrest of New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik and the barring of journalists during the Sept. 17 street demonstrations commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is what initially dialed up tension between police and the press last fall.
"Given these ongoing issues and incidents we believe that more is needed in order to improve police-press relations and to clarify the ability of credentialed and non-credentialed journalists to photograph and record on public streets without fear of intimidation and arrest," wrote the letter's author, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographer's association. "Therefore, we urge you meet with us once again so that we may help devise a better system of education and training for department members starting from the top down."
The letter was co-signed by lawyers for The New York Times, the Daily News, Dow Jones (which includes The Wall Street Journal), the Associated Press, Reuters and various press advocacy groups. (Bloomberg News and the New York Post did not participate.)
You can read the full letter here or by clicking on the image above.
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