Fourteen media organizations have asked for a meeting with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly after the arrest of a New York Times photographer. Photographer Robert Stolarik was arrested August 4 in the Bronx. The National Press Photographer’s Associaion said Stolarik was interfered with and arrested for taking pictures of an arrest conducted in the city’s controversial “stop and frisk” program. Stolarik was able to recover his equipment a week later and his credentials on August 23. The group also cited the treatment of journalists September 17, when the group said police officers “interfered with, assaulted, detained and in some cases arrested members of the media who were on a public street covering the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.” Media members reported that officers told them that they were not allowed to use their cameras in a public area before using batons to force them from the area. Another group of journalists was threatened with arrest if they failed to leave the area, even though the same police officers permitted members of the public to pass through the same area.
Joining in the letter were the press photographers group, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, the Associated Press, Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, the New York Press Club, the New York Newspaper Publishers Association, the New York Press Photographers Association, the American Society of Media Photographers, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists.