Right to Record

The ubiquity of smartphones has spawned legions of new journalists who can be found at political protests streaming and photographing accounts of police actions and arrests. This form of reporting is open to anyone with a mobile phone and the resolve to get close to police and protesters.

Over and over again people have chronicled policing that some cops and corporate media don’t want us to see. This is particularly true in the case of the Black Lives Matter movement, where witnesses have used phones to document police brutality.

As this type of reporting  becomes more and more common, there’s an urgent need to protect the right to record.

Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of access to information are vital whether you’re a credentialed journalist, a protester or just a bystander with a camera.

While the media landscape has changed, our First Amendment rights haven't. Freedom of the press is more important, not less, when anyone with a mobile phone and an internet connection can act as a journalist.

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Resources

  • What Not to Bring?

    Check out our infographic about the prohibited items at the 2012 democratic and republican conventions.
    August 27, 2012
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  • Defending All Acts of Journalism

    U.S. journalism is in a fragile state. Strengthening the connections between newsrooms and communities is one way forward.
  • Low Power FM Radio

    Low Power FM radio stations are community-based nonprofit outlets that broadcast to neighborhoods and small towns throughout the country.

    LPFM stations have a limited broadcast range of just a few miles, but their impact on communities can be immense. These noncommercial stations inject vibrancy into a radio dial that has suffered from years of media consolidation.

    LPFM stations offer a platform for content and viewpoints that traditional media overlook. These stations foster community identity and serve as hubs for vital safety information during emergencies.

  • Attacks on Public Media

    Every year, for almost a decade, Americans have ranked public television as the institution they trust most. And more than 70 percent of Americans see funding for public television as money “well spent.” Exactly how much do Americans spend to support this resource? Pocket change: The United States spends less than$1.50 per person on public broadcasting — 20 times less than Germany and a whopping 70 times less than Denmark.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good