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NPPA attorney comments on police obstruction of photographers  
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | by Eamon Hickey
The war on terrorism has become the war on photography, says (U.S.) National Press Photographers Association general counsel Mickey Osterreicher, as quoted on the web site of the (U.S.) National Press Club. 

In a presentation to Press Club members, Osterreicher detailed what he says is increasing repression and obstruction of photographers, both amateur and professional, by police in the U.S. The phenomenon is a backlash against video and still photography by police who don't want to have their actions recorded, says Osterreicher. 

Osterreicher contends that police use what he calls a "catch-and-release" program to obstruct photography of their actions. This tactic involves arresting photographers for charges such as trespassing or disturbing the peace, thereby preventing photos and videos from being taken, and then dropping the charges later.

Early last year, Reason magazine published a long feature article called "The War on Cameras" that makes a related case. 
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