Boston Newspapers and TV Cover Web Site Controversy

The Boston Herald and Channel 5 are two more of the news outlets that have started to report on the controversy brewing over a Web site that was threatened with prosecution for posting a video of a man being arrested IN HIS OWN HOME because of comments he posted to his web site.

There are more news stories in the wings. Keep an eye on the blog Retire Conte in 2006 to keep track of the controversy as it unfolds.

Tags: Blogosphere, First Amendment, Massachusetts (all tags)

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We Really Need More Context On This

Obviously there's a lot of backstory to this.  You should give it to us.

I can't for the life of me figure out how Massachusetts thinks it can pass a law preventing people from taping and airing (or webcasting) the police on official police duty.  If they were undercover, then maybe. But police exercising a warrant?  This is absurd!

More context, please!

by Paul Rosenberg 2006-02-21 07:59PM | 0 recs
Re: We Really Need More Context On This

I live in Massachusetts. This state has a law that says citizens are not allowed to record the activities of others without their knowledge. Of course, police and other officials are allowed to surreptitiously record whatever they like. I believe this law to be contrary to obviously significant human rights. We supposedly have the freedom to speak, but not the freedom to document what occurs around us without disclosing the fact that we are doing it. This cedes an enormous amount of power to the state. No more Rodney King episodes recorded in Massachusetts!

Do not be fooled by the fact that virtually all our legislators are labeled "Democrats." 95% of them are merely Republicans by other means.

by blues 2006-02-22 05:27AM | 0 recs
Still Looking For Context

I live in Massachusetts. This state has a law that says citizens are not allowed to record the activities of others without their knowledge.
This much is obvious from reading the first story linked to.  What's not obvious is why this law exists, how it came to be, etc.  Private investigators must have a very hard time in the state.

I'm especially curious as to why it's not been challenged successfully. Public officials have no expectation of privacy in performing their duties.  To the contrary, the people have an expectation of openness and transparency.

And blaming this on Republicans in Democrats clothing won't do as an explanation, either.  Eliot Richardson was a Massachusetts Republican, who refused to fire Archibald Cox at Nixon's command.  This was perfectly understandable in the context of Massachusetts Republicanism.

So, I remain, still looking for context on this.

by Paul Rosenberg 2006-02-22 07:50AM | 0 recs

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