ATLANTA (AP) — A measure has been introduced to repeal an Atlanta ordinance that news photographers said was being used to stop them from taking photos on public sidewalks.
The City Council on Monday discussed a measure to repeal an ordinance prohibiting photographers from shooting commercial photos outside of businesses without the owner’s permission.
The National Press Photographers Association sent Mayor Kasim Reed a letter saying the ordinance applied too broadly and in a way that violated the constitutional right to free speech. Joining the association were 11 news organizations including The Associated Press.
The letter said a news photographer was stopped for taking photos last week and a police officer threatened to arrest him and confiscate his equipment.
City officials say they’re re-evaluating ordinances that affect expression to determine whether they should be repealed.