In celebration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, SavetheNews.org published an article about the need for protecting recording rights. In the digital media landscape and the 24/7 news cycle, recorded video of events has become paramount in a number of high-profile news stories (Trayvon Martin 911 recordings, videos of the Syria massacres, etc.). Police have arrested dozens of journalists for doing their job, and World Press Freedom Day is a proper time to bright to the public’s attention the injustice that has been done to them.
Stearns, the author of the article, stated it perfectly:
People using iPhones, Androids and other mobile devices are changing the way we record and share breaking news. In return, police have targeted, harassed — and in many cases, arrested — those trying to capture images and video of public events.
After the outbreak of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the USA’s Global Press Freedom ranking has dropped to historic lows. Many journalists were unjustly arrested for recording public events, resulting in the drop in the press freedom rankings.
Recording is becoming available to almost everyone, and in an age where stories are often spun by the media, raw footage or audio of an event is refreshing. Sadly, it seems that many of those in power don’t hold the same ideals as most journalists.