The National Press Photographers Association’s general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher spoke with James Estrin, The New York Times:
Literally every day, someone is being arrested for doing nothing more than taking a photograph in a public place. It makes no sense to me. Photography is an expression of free speech.
Since 9/11, thereâ€™s been an incredible number of incidents where photographers are being interfered with and arrested for doing nothing other than taking pictures or recording video in public places.
Itâ€™s not just news photographers who should be concerned with this. I think every citizen should be concerned. Tourists taking pictures are being told by police, security guards and sometimes other citizens, â€œSorry, you canâ€™t take a picture here.â€ When asked why, they say, â€œWell, donâ€™t you remember 9/11?â€
I remember it quite well, but what does that have do to with taking a picture in public? It seems like the war on terrorism has somehow morphed into an assault on photography.