National Press Photographers Association

Right to Photograph & Record: On the Ground and in the Air

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National Press Club

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) presented a panel discussion on “The Right to Photograph & Record on the Ground and in the Air” at the National Press Club as part of Free Speech Week. This event was free and open to the public.


John Verdi, Director of Privacy Initiatives, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Chuck Tobin, Esq. First Amendment Attorney with Holland and Knight

Liz Lyons, Privacy Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C.

Derek Meeks, Director of Technology and Innovation/Body Worn Camera Program at the MPD of Washington, DC.

Linda Davidson, Staff Photojournalist at The Washington Post

Mannie Garcia, Visual Journalist

Moderator: Mickey H. Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association

The expert panel examined constitutional questions (i.e. search and seizure, etc.) as well as offered informative practical advice regarding the best ways to handle these situations. Perspectives on privacy concerns, police bodycams and the latest legal updates on use of drones for newsgathering were also offered.

Right to Photograph and Record MP3

Listen to the discussion in its entirety here: