Miami freelancer has phone and camera seized by police

June 11, 2019
Miami freelance photographer Jacob Katel had his phone and camera seized by police after he attempted to take pictures of a motorcycle crash on May 25, 2019.According to Miami New Times, Katel stopped while en route to Miami Beach to take photographs of the crash, which was causing a traffic standstill. Katel took out his camera, but before he even snapped a photograph, a Miami police officer handcuffed him and seized his camera and phone. Katel explained that he was …

Independent journalist cited for trespassing in Florida city hall

February 5, 2019
On Dec. 20, 2018, reporter and activist Andrew Sheets was cited for trespassing after filming inside the city hall building in Punta Gorda, Florida, in violation of a local ordinance.Sheets, a member of the National Press Photographers Association, is a self-described “copwatch reporter” who runs a YouTube channel focused on police misconduct and corruption.The local law that Sheets was accused of violating, Ordinance 1872-17, prohibits filming people without permission in certain areas of city-controlled buildings, including Punta Gorda City Hall …

Local TV reporter and photographer attacked by stranger in Miami Beach

October 11, 2018
On June 26, 2018, reporter Darryl Forges and photographer Linda Sargent-Nestor of Florida TV station WTVJ were attacked by a stranger during a morning live shoot in Miami Beach, Florida.”It’s been a wild day, but overall my photographer Linda Sargent-Nestor and I are ok,” Forges wrote in a Facebook post a few hours after the attack. “We were attacked by a crazy stranger in Miami Beach this morning while doing our live shot.” Forges wrote that his glasses were broken …

Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris harassed after fake tweets go viral

March 3, 2018
Alex Harris, a reporter at the Miami Herald, was harassed online after fake tweets attributed to her went viral in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.On February 14, 2018, while reporting on the mass shooting, Harris tweeted at some of the people who had survived the mass shooting and tweeted about it, asking them if they wanted to talk to the Herald about what happened.These are two of the real tweets that she sent to people who …
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