Media upset at NYPD for treatment of reporters at OWS
Fed up with how the police have treated the press throughout Occupy Wall Street, The New York Times and other city media outlets have called for a meeting with the NYPD's top cops to discuss actions that "clearly violate NYPD policies and procedures as concerns the media."
Times vice president and assistant general counsel George Freeman wrote the request to Commissioner Ray Kelly and Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Brown, writing that the Grey Lady and other outlets "wish to express their profound displeasure, disappointment and concern over the recent actions taken against the media."
"Over the past few months we have tried to work with [the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information] to improve police-press relations. However, if anything, the police actions of the last week have been more hostile to the press than any other event in recent memory" Freeman wrote.
The letter cites specific examples of credentialed reporters and photographers being arrested, injured or otherwise obstructed from doing their respective jobs, particularly during last week's 1 a.m. police raid of OWS home base Zuccotti Park and during this weekend's protests.
Signatories for the letter included the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Associated Press, Dow Jones, and NBC Universal and WNBC-TV.
The NYPD didn't return a request for comment.