Great discussion on a topic close to my heart
Read this earlier this week, and think you should too. It’s important to YOU. Because free speech includes photography, and free speech covers everyone, not just fancy photographers with badges.
It’s a sad state of affairs, but increasingly common in the US, that photographers on every level — from professional to DSLR hobbyist to iPhoneographer — are prevented from shooting whatever they want, wherever they want, in the public space.
Texas Republican Steve Stockman (who left office after the last session ended) made an attempt to end photographer restrictions with HR 5893, otherwise known as the Ansel Adams Act, introduced on January 2, the day before the end of the last Congress.
The bill explicitly states that “still and motion photographs are speech” and that government attempts through threat and intimidation to prevent people from photographing or otherwise recording in the public space violate the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
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