Lawyer Details How 9/11 Led To A War On Taking Pictures In Public
On Aug. 4 Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer for The New York Times, was arrested and charged with obstructing government administration and with resisting arrest while photographing the arrest of a teenage girl.
Mickey H. Osterreicher, a former press photographer and the lawyer for the National Press Photographers Association, spoke with Times writer James Estrin Tuesday about the criminalization of photography.
Osterreicher, who has also been a reserve deputy in Erie county sheriff’s department since 1976, said that since 9/11 there has been a sharp increase in photographers being hassled or arrested for simply recording video or taking pictures in public.
He says that “every citizen should be concerned.”