“When you are lawfully present in any public space, you have the right to photograph anything in plain view, including federal buildings and the police,” says the ACLU.

“Did I give you permission to videotape me? I didn’t give you permission to videotape me,” says the unidentified man protesting hospital management Wednesday on Harrison Avenue as he crosses the street to accost a Times-Standard staffer.

“I’m the media,” replies our staffer, who’s there to report on the protest.

“Yeah? I didn’t give you permission. And you’re not going to videotape anyone, ’cause I’m going to stand in front of you.”

She doesn’t need your permission.

She’s not recording a private conversation without the consent of both parties. That is indeed illegal under California law.

You, sir, are in public.

Yelling on a public sidewalk.


In public.

You, sir, are busy exercising your First Amendment rights while trying to deprive someone else of theirs.

You’re in bad company these days, attempting to intimidate a journalist.

We will not let this incident sway our reporting of events, nor will we be shouted away from our duty of bringing the facts to our readers. Rain or shine, with or without electricity, we’ll continue to report.

No amount of yelling is going to change that.

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