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NPPA Hires Firm to Lobby FAA Over Drone Regulations

drone_APThe Hill reports, the National Press Photographers Association has hired the law firm of Holland & Knight to lobby the Federal Aviation Administration over drone use for journalists.

The photojournalist group has hired two former House staffers working at the Holland & Knight law firm to lobby on the flying machines, technically known as unmanned aerial systems, as the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) prepares to issue new draft rules.

In February, the two launched a study on the use of drones in news gathering.

On its website, Holland & Knight claims to have a “cutting-edge Drone Practice Team” which “puts the firm in the vanguard of advising clients on compliance with existing and developing federal regulations, as well as the evolving safety and privacy issues associated with the non-military use of drones.”

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New York Photojournalist Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Following Arrest

The NPPA and the New York Civil Liberties Union, along with New York law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of photojournalist Phil Datz, who was arrested last July as he was attempting to film the conclusion of a police chase on Long Island.

Datz was on a public street when he was arrested.

“Mr. Datz’s arrest was not an isolated event,” said Robert Balin, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine and lead counsel on the case. “Suffolk County police officers have a pattern of unlawfully interfering with the recording of police activity conducted in plain view. As a journalist, Mr. Datz has a responsibility to cover police activity in public places.” Read more

WITI Photojournalist Arrested While Filming Behind Police Tape

WITI photojournalist Clint Fillinger was arrested on Sunday night following a confrontation with a Milwaukee police officer who was trying to restrict Fillinger’s access to the scene of a house fire.

Fillinger was shooting video behind the yellow police tape, where a small group of people had gathered to watch.  He says that a Milwaukee police sergeant singled him out and ordered him to move back.

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