The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA):

“Photography is strictly protected by the Constitution as both an expressive form of speech and for newsgathering.” They continued: “Nationwide, photographers are increasingly subject to harassment by police officers, who, under color of law, cite privacy, safety and security concerns as a pretext to chill free speech and expression or to impede the ability to gather news. The NPPA is concerned that this ordinance has provided the police with unbridled discretion to abridge the rights of photographers covering matters of public concern.”

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