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Mar 20, 2013 15:18 |  #1

From the NPPA.

The National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) today joined with the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) in sending a letter (external link) to Ms. Kendra Barkoff, Press Secretary for the Office of the Vice President of the United States.

The letter, signed by NPPA president Mike Borland, WHNPA president Ronald Sachs, and RCFP executive director Bruce Brown, was written in response to a March 12 incident in which a journalist covering an event featuring the Vice President in Rockville, Maryland, was ordered by a Vice Presidential staff member to delete all images of the event on his camera.

As reported by the Capitol News Service (external link), Jeremy Barr, a member of the Capitol News Service, a student-staffed news agency run by the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, covered an event discussing domestic violence held by Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin. Barr stated that he “unknowingly sat in a section of the crowd designated as a non-press area” because “I didn’t see any demarcation that would have designated a press entrance versus a general entrance.” “The event began and I took a few photos of each speaker,” said Barr, as “people a few rows in front of me were also taking photos.”

According to reports, after the event concluded Barr was approached by Vice Presidential staffer Dana Rosenzweig who asked Barr whether had taken any photos of the event. When Barr responded that he had taken photos, Rosenzweig demanded that Barr delete all images of the event from his iPhone while Rosenzweig watched, telling Barr that by sitting in the non-press area he had gained an unfair advantage over other members of the media who also attended the event. Barr complied with Rosenzweig’s request, stating that “I assumed that I had violated a protocol; I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was following proper procedures.” Rosenzweig then ordered Barr to wait while she informed her supervisor of the incident, and after a ten minute delay Barr was permitted to leave.

Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, filed a formal complaint (external link)with the Vice President’s press office, stating that “this was pure intimidation,” and that “it’s clear from the circumstance that the journalist did nothing wrong.” Poynter reported (external link)that Dalglish stated in her complaint that “Rockville is not a third-world country where police-state style media censorship is expected.”

Biden Press Secretary Kendra Barkoff apologized to Barr and Dalglish in separate phone conversations shortly after Dalglish’s complaint was filed. Barkoff told Dalglish that “the incident was a total miscommunication,” stressing that “it is never the press office’s policy to request that reporters delete photos.” Barkoff declined to speak about the incident on the record with the Capitol News Service, and calls to Rosenzweig were not returned.

In the letter to Barkoff the NPPA, WHNPA and RCFP state that “while we commend your office for immediately apologizing . . . we do not believe that such a blatant violation of free press/speech rights protected under the First Amendment should pass without comment.” The letter goes on to cite a May 14, 2012 letter from the Department of Justice to the Baltimore Police Department from a similar case which stated that “Under the First Amendment, there are no circumstances under which the contents of a camera or recording device should be deleted or destroyed.”

The NPPA, WHNPA and RCFP concluded the letter by commenting that “In order to ensure that situations like this one do not ever happen again . . . we would like to meet with members of your staff to discuss “event” coverage from your perspective and ours.” It is the NPPA’s hope that a meeting with the Vice President’s staff will better inform staff members as to the First Amendment rights of photographers and journalists, and will prevent future incidents such as this from occurring again.

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Mar 20, 2013 15:21 |  #2
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I think that's understandable considering the subject matter is about domestic violence. Maybe the victims didn't want to be identified.


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Mar 20, 2013 15:25 |  #3

A student with an I-Phone got bullied by a dumb staffer. Bad form on the part of the VP's staff, but not nearly as shocking at the title implies.




  
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Mar 20, 2013 15:50 |  #4

Obviously if there was an "official" press section the victims identities would have come out anyway. It sounds more like a person who thought they had more power than they really had and did use intimitation of a person who probably was not game to stand up for himself in the face of any sort of authority. I also noticed it was shots taken on an iPhone.


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Mar 20, 2013 15:59 |  #5

What he did wrong was take photos with an iPhone.


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Mar 20, 2013 16:39 |  #6

an article I read about this incident suggests an apology has happened and ended like this...


While an apology goes “a long way to remedying the situation” Barr has the “right under the law to sue,” Dalglish said.

I hope he exercises his right to sue.




  
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Mar 20, 2013 16:46 |  #7

If only the iPhone had dual card slots . . .


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Mar 20, 2013 17:23 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #8

Next thing you know we'll have a national camera registry...


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Mar 20, 2013 17:28 |  #9

birdman59 wrote in post #15737204 (external link)
Next thing you know we'll have a national camera registry...

You'll only have to show your registration when entering one of the Orwellian "free speech zones"




  
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Mar 20, 2013 21:53 |  #10

How does Apple's cloud service handle deletes? Could the photos be recovered from the cloud account after being deleted from the device?




  
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Mar 20, 2013 23:59 |  #11

Why do you need to take pictures at an event like this? Why do you need a camera on a cell phone? You don't need any of that says our government.


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Mar 21, 2013 00:58 |  #12

Was this the same domestic violence conference, we got the slap across the face isn't DV comment? Perhaps the staffer was trying to damage control and got the wrong phone?

It's a shame members of the media, even student media don't know their rights well enough to exercise them.


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Mar 21, 2013 02:08 |  #13

Delete them, then use Sandisk recovery to get them back.

I've got pictures back after 4 formats. You can get back anything until it's overwritten.

Edit: iPhone? can't help you.




  
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Mar 21, 2013 09:01 |  #14

splathecat wrote in post #15738601 (external link)
Delete them, then use Sandisk recovery to get them back.

I've got pictures back after 4 formats. You can get back anything until it's overwritten.

Edit: iPhone? can't help you.

Yep, makes sense. If you format and then only take a few shots, you should be able to recover the original shots due to the wear-leveling feature of the card putting the new shots in different locations.


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Mar 21, 2013 16:50 |  #15

splathecat wrote in post #15738601 (external link)
Delete them, then use Sandisk recovery to get them back.

that's what I would do (and have done)




  
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