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Lunzer: Foley a Hero Who Died in Pursuit of Truth and Justice

Guild President Bernie Lunzer issued this statement today on the execution of journalist James Foley: “Journalists like James Foley put themselves in harm’s way to report the truth about what war does to people of all religions and ethnicities. They are heroes and should be protected by everyone who wants a world based on fairness and justice. Our hearts go out to the Foley family at this terrible time. We condemn the heinous act committed upon an innocent for the sole purpose of spreading fear and hate. Together with all journalists, we will continue to pursue the truth and do everything in our power to keep journalists safe.”

NYPD, Other Cop Shops to Officers: Back Off Photographers

The NYPD has issued an internal memo that firmly reminds New York City police officers that the public is legally allowed to record officers and police activity. “Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment,” the memo states. Similar directives were issued in 2012 in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Police in cities nationwide increasingly are being caught violating those rights – confiscating cell phone cameras, destroying memory cards and going so far as assaulting and arresting citizens and journalists who are legally recording them or taking their photographs.