Right to Record

The First Amendment has come under assault on the streets of America. Since the Occupy Wall Street movement began, police have arrested dozens of journalists and activists simply for attempting to document political protests in public spaces.

The ubiquity of camera-ready smartphones has spawned legions of new journalists who can be found at every large-scale protest streaming and photographing close-up accounts of police actions and arrests. It's a new form of reporting that's open to anyone with a mobile phone and the resolve to get close to police and protesters.

As this type of reporting takes hold around the world and here in the United States, there’s an ever more urgent need to defend this new breed of journalists and protect their 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.

Blog Posts

  • Two Big Tech Opinions from the Supreme Court

    June 25, 2014
    This morning, the Supreme Court delivered two opinions: one that undercut a startup challenging the power of broadcasters, and another that protected our privacy rights on cellphones. Whiplash, anyone?
  • A Look at New Media's Double-Edged Sword

    May 5, 2014
    “If you want to liberate a society,” Egyptian Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim said early in the year, “just give them the Internet.”
  • Three Media Issues We Can't Ignore in 2013

    January 8, 2013
    We’ve accomplished a lot in 2012, but when it comes to the fight for better media there is always more to do. Here are three critical issues we must tackle in the coming year.
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  • 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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  • Mobile

    Nearly half of all Americans own smartphones. By 2015, most of us will use mobile devices to access the Internet. Wireless technology is revolutionizing the very nature of how we communicate, organize and innovate. 

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