Despite assurances from NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly that his officers would not interfere with members of the press while doing their job, it was, as always, nothing but talk.
The latest incident took place this morning as Occupy Wall Street activists entered the World Financial Centre to protest against Goldman Sachs.
As New York City police officers began arresting the activists, several officers created a blockade around the arresting officers, preventing the media from documenting it.
One altercation between a photographer who appears to be Robert Stolarik of the New York Times and an NYPD officer was captured in the above video, beginning at the 2:00 mark.
The photographer remains persistent in trying to document the arrests, but the officer keeps moving in front of him.
Finally, the photographer pulls out an iPhone and begins video recording the officer.
Meanwhile, another NYPD officer with a camera is freely recording the activists and journalists.
Check out Stolarik’s photos in this New York Times article, which makes no mention of the officer trying to prevent him from taking pictures.
But the story was picked up by Gothamist.
Last month, after several incidents of NYPD officers arresting, assaulting or restricting reporters from doing their jobs, several media organizations met with Kelly to express their concerns.
According to the National Press Photographers Association, Kelly assured the media organizations of the following:
“Members of the service will not interfere with the videotaping or the photographing of incidents in public places. Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or harassing the photographer constitutes censorship. Working Press Cards clearly state the bearer ‘is entitled to cross police and fire lines.’ This right will be honored and access will not be denied.”
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