The Press: Freedom to Photograph

Does a press photographer have the right to take a newsworthy picture even when the subject objects? In Denison, Iowa last week, this troublesome question was put to one of its rare court tests. Answer: the photographer is within his rights so long as he is in a public place.

On assignment at the county clerk's office one day last month, Des Moines Register Photographer Robert Long shot a picture of Lawrence Gilchrist, a Denison lawyer, who was posting bond for a county employee indicted on a charge of fraud. After Lawyer Gilchrist complained that having his picture taken was an invasion...

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