SPJ/LA and NPPA Present “The Right to Photograph and Record in Public”



“The Right to Photograph and Record in Public”


The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association, in cooperation with the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA), present a panel discussion, sponsored by the SDX Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists, on the right to photograph and record in public.

Ever since 911, there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet. An expert panel will discuss such things as:

  • What are the rights of citizens and the press to photograph and record in public?
  • Can police seize and view those images or order them to be deleted?
  • What is some of the most recent case law regarding these issues?
  • How can we foster a better understanding of our respective rights and responsibilities in order to have a greater appreciation for the roles that everyone plays in newsgathering and free speech?

SPJ/LA, NPPA and PPAGLA host a panel discussion on the right to photograph and record in public


  • Cmdr. Michael Parker, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, North (County) Patrol Division
  • Cmdr. Andrew Smith, LAPD Media Relations and Community Affairs Group
  • Jean Paul (JP) Jassy, Esq., Partner Jassy, Vick, Carolan LLP
  • Paul Buck, President PPAGLA and Staff Photographer European Press Photo Agency (EPA)

Mickey H. Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association, will moderate.

Thursday, April 17
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Deaton Hall Auditorium
Across from City Hall
100 W. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free of charge.

RSVP required, as seating is limited. Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-right-to-photograph-record-in-public-tickets-11042280759

Richard Hendrickson, SPJ/LA
(323) 806-1427
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234


For more information about SPJ/LA, visit www.spjla.org

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.



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