As political campaign season heats up, you’ll encounter events where you are asked to display a press pass. Stringr Curation Desk Manager Asabe outlines the best course of action to take in this situation.
by Asabe Vincent-Otiono
You walk up to an event with your equipment in tow. You see something newsworthy and take out your camera to shoot. Before you press record, you hear, ‘Sorry no cameras allowed’. You then explain that you are part of the media and they retort, ‘Can I see your press pass?’ That statement can make every freelancer’s heart drop to the pit of their stomach.
But do you actually need a press pass? Not in these scenarios:
As long as you are on public property (the sidewalk, a public park), you are allowed to take footage of it and the people in it. Yes, even the policeman sleeping on duty. This includes offices, schools, church etc. In case of private property such as a hotel you are allowed to take exterior shots. The law states that you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain…
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