AlFooteIII wrote in post #17068479
But there is a difference between a film crew and a news crew. I have a major problem with the government interfering in a news story.
I wonder whether the permit policy distinguishes between a news film crew and any other type of film crew. If it does, I'd wonder why it does and whether it should.
In this case, the policy is probably directed more toward news crews because they're thought to be more likely to reveal the identities of inmates, staff, and visitors while filming the state prison.
In any case, your comment reminds me of a conversation I had with someone who objected to a highway patrolman telling a reporter and cameraman from a TV station to step away from an accident while emergency crews did their rescue work.
If I were on the scene and had my camera, I asked, should the patrolman permit me to stand beside the TV station's crew and film the rescue too? Should everyone else with a camera also be allowed to do so?
The issue, then, was who gains special access and why. And who determines who gains that special access?