Beating Five Minutes

Monday, November 7, 2011

With the news focusing on the Occupy protesters all around the United States, but in one location, photographers should be careful on their time spent covering the news photography.

In Washington D.C., due to a "decades old law", it is an arrestable offense to be taking a photograph in a public place for more than five minutes.

With this new law, it is giving police more power to arrest photographers, during these Occupy events. But fear not photojournalist, the National Press Photographers Association are asking the State attorney to repeal or revise this law and other ordinances that limit photography.

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Ben Rodgers November 8, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

This law seems a little ridiculous. It's probably outdated and nothing has been done to change it. Its pointless that photographers are not able to take pictures longer then five minutes. That is not enough time for some photographers to gather pictures. Another question could be raised about filming with this law. How long are reporters able to film something? This law really needs to be reviewed and changed.

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