Earlier this year, Arizona governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2319, a law that would make it illegal to record or photograph police within eight feet of them. The law is currently being challenged and will have national implications.
Violating the law, which will go into effect on September 24 barring any changes, would carry a punishment of up to a month in prison.
Photographers should not have to be told how much this law tramples on their rights. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACUL), and nine other media outlets agree and yesterday filed a lawsuit alleging that HB 2319 is unconstitutional.
I agree that the case’s outcome will have an impact on everyone, even those who are not from Arizona. Arizona is just the first to try and restrict the rights of photographers and if it is allowed to stand, expect to see similar bills pushed in state legislatures across the country.
Thing I’m being an alarmist? You might be wrong. I explain in this week’s Clipped Highlights.
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