Protecting Citizen Photojournalists

Starting from the Zapruder JFK film and the Holliday video of Rodney King, columnist and veteran newspaper editor Edward Wasserman in The Miami Herald argues that all photojournalists need protection, professional and citizen.

Suppose the difference between the news photographer and the vacationer who filmed a spectacular drug bust is that the photojournalist has the title but the tourist has the pictures. Why treat them differently?

He then goes on about a recent case of Miami Beach police officers arresting a bystander who took cell phone pictures of officers shooting a man to death and comparing him to the citizen photojournalists covering the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East.
Should shield laws cover citizens as well as professionals?

Protect practitioners of ‘citizen journalism’

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