LAPD handpicks media to cover Occupy LA, on what authority?

29 11 2011

LAPD joins other police departments across the country in a growing practice of criminalizing journalism.

LAist: “Censorship Warning: LAPD Handpicks Media to Cover Occupy LA

Occupy LA, Ruth Fowler’s blog:  “LAPD Made Sure The Whole World Ain’t Watching

AT 5:30pm yesterday, LAPD announced a 7:15pm meeting for a lottery for a “media pool” to be  comprised of a very limited number of members of the media (3 media outlets for each of three media: print, tv, radio — no internet?) authorized to cover Occupy LA.  Members of the press otherwise not authorized will be subject to arrest once an unlawful assembly dispersal order is given.

Ruth Fowler:

Once again, a clear violation of First Amendment Rights is occuring over Occupy LA and its eviction. It remains to be seen whether other members of the MSM (mainstream media) excluded from the pool adhere to it or not, but the banning of MSM from the scene of Occupy LA during its eviction severely inhibits the press from reporting fairly and accurately, as well as protecting Occupiers from police abuses, which are frequently deterred by the presence of the media.

Note: California Penal Code Section 409.5 clearly states reasons that the LAPD and other agencies may close areas due to public health concerns, riots, civil disturbances or calimities (earthquakes, fires, floods, etc)  — but — Section D of 409.5 states:
(D) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT A DULY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF ANY NEWS SERVICE, NEWSPAPER, RADIO OR TELEVISON STATION OR NETWORK FROM ENTERING THE AREAS CLOSED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. (bold Fowler’s)
Anyone who’s been following the OWS movement knows that it has relied on citizen journalism to provide critical transparency around police actions.  LAPD’s policy is clearly intended to eliminate or minimize it by criminalizing it.
Where does this leave intrepid Bay Area-based webcasting citizen journos @OakFoSho and @punkboyinsf who have traveled to LA to cover the imminent eviction? Watch their streams tonight to find out.

Here are their streams:

• @oakfosho
• @punkboyinsf

UPDATE: Eviction is reportedly going down TONIGHT at Occupy LA

From LA Weekly: “Occupy L.A. Eviction: Is LAPD Restricting Coverage With Last-Minute ‘Pool Media’?

KFI radio reporter Steve Gregory (one of those approved for the media pool) said on air yesterday that pool elite will be outfitted in special protective clothing before the raid. They’ll be notified an hour before police dive in, and won’t be allowed to phone home with their juice until the eviction is over.

More bizarre still: Reporters in the pool will have to submit their entire “pool reports” to the wire (City News Service) before any news outlet can post an exclusive.

If the LAPD doesn’t lift media restrictions, the ACLU plans to file an injunction against them.

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29 11 2011
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UPDATE: Eviction is reportedly going down TONIGHT at Occupy LA

From LA Weekly: Occupy L.A. Eviction: Is LAPD Restricting Coverage With Last-Minute ‘Pool Media’?
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/11/occupy_la_eviction_lapd_pool_media.php

KFI radio reporter Steve Gregory, one of those approved for the media pool, said on air yesterday that pool elite will be outfitted in special protective clothing before the raid. They’ll be notified an hour before police dive in, and won’t be allowed to phone home with their juice until the eviction is over.

More bizarre still: Reporters in the pool will have to submit their entire “pool reports” to the wire (City News Service) before any news outlet can post an exclusive.

If the LAPD doesn’t lift media restrictions, the ACLU plans to file an injunction against them.

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