A student photographer from Pennsylvania State University is facing trial for refusing to disperse after a riot broke out after a football game at State College, Pa. last Fall. What’s interesting about this case is that the judge says the media has “no greater right” to be at the scene than the general public. But the defense lawyer says the photographer, who had a fancy camera and looked like a news reporter, was targeted for arrest while people who were taking pictures with their cell phones were not targeted. The lawyer says representatives of the media are entitled to greater access because of their role in getting the word out, not less. Here’s the story by the Student Press Law Center.
Student Photographer to Face Trial
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