Category: Censorship

Chicago Police Apologize to Hip Hop Artist Rhymefest for Ordering Him to Stop Recording Them in Police Station

Chicago Police Apologize to Hip Hop Artist Rhymefest for Ordering Him to Stop Recording Them in Police Station

A man who entered a Chicago police station Saturday to report that he had been robbed at gunpoint ended up pulling out his phone to start recording when officers refused to take his report. Police then ordered him to leave, telling him he was not allowed to record inside the building, ...
Watch: PINAC Reporter Kicked Out of South Florida Council Meeting for Questioning Councilman (Updated)

Watch: PINAC Reporter Kicked Out of South Florida Council Meeting for Questioning Councilman (Updated)

UPDATE: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 10:50 p.m. PINAC reporter Eric McDonough was arrested Wednesday after entering the city council meeting, then being ordered to leave. He was live streaming that part, but they arrested after he had stepped into the parking lot when he had turned his ...
North Carolina’s New Secret Police Video Law Blocks All Video Releases

North Carolina’s New Secret Police Video Law Blocks All Video Releases

North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory just signed into law an act making police body camera video an official state secret. Naturally, following the events of last week, civil rights and transparency advocates are in an uproar. North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper, disagreed w ...
Massachusetts Wiretapping Law Targeted by ACLU Lawsuit, The Second Such Suit This Year

Massachusetts Wiretapping Law Targeted by ACLU Lawsuit, The Second Such Suit This Year

The Massachusetts wiretapping law makes it a felony to surreptitiously audio record anyone — even police officers and other government employees, and even when in a public place. But a lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts argues that the law is ...
Florida Sheriff Trashes First Amendment in Video, Demands Photographers Leave “Expanding Crime Scene”

Florida Sheriff Trashes First Amendment in Video, Demands Photographers Leave “Expanding Crime Scene”

A Florida sheriff took the law into her own hands, using unlawful excuses to expand a crime scene to exclude journalists from a crime scene. The Palm Beach Sheriff's deputy was caught on camera in two videos you can see below demanding that photographers cease taking images or video i ...
Cincinnati Judge Releases Teen Imprisoned For Photography, Illegally Keeps Cellphone

Cincinnati Judge Releases Teen Imprisoned For Photography, Illegally Keeps Cellphone

A Cincinnati judge who sentenced a teen to six months in jail, released him ten days later after PINAC News brought the story to national attention. But the Ohio judge is still holding the teen's phone. And the judge conveniently left that out of the Facebook announcement for his 2 ...
New Hampshire Complaint Censorship Chills Viral Video on YouTube, Uses False Privacy Claim

New Hampshire Complaint Censorship Chills Viral Video on YouTube, Uses False Privacy Claim

Complaint censorship is a rising tide on YouTube, threatening to scrub the internet clean of video recorded in public, which people want to take back years later. A New Hampshire citizen journalist recorded a public conversation on a sidewalk and posted it to YouTube (see below) where ...
California Cop Fired For Retaliation After Facebook Debate Over “A Heist Gone Bad”

California Cop Fired For Retaliation After Facebook Debate Over “A Heist Gone Bad”

“I think they targeted me," said the critical California man who spoke out on Facebook, and whose Christmas present for criticizing his local police department was a $300 lump of coal in the form of an unlawful vehicle fine. A California cop lost his job this week for his brazen act o ...