Press photographers banned from documenting the handing over of Trump’s “articles of impeachment”

Jan 16, 2020

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Press photographers banned from documenting the handing over of Trump’s “articles of impeachment”

Jan 16, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The United States Senate is subjecting the press to unprecedented restrictions as Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is scheduled to begin next Tuesday. There will be no cameras allowed and no audio recorders, which will make it impossible for the press to cover the event. Expectedly, this has caused significant negative reactions among the public, especially press photographers and journalists.

Interestingly enough, I was just listening to the news while I was reading about this story, and these restrictions were mentioned. Reportedly, there will be no “phones or other electronic devices” allowed at the articles of impeachment delivery. No phones, no cameras, no audio recorders – just one video camera covering the historic event.

Furthermore, credentialed reporters will be forced to stay inside a single press pen, according to Business Insider. It will be set up on the second floor of the Senate, and reporters will need to pass through additional security checks.

According to Roll Call, this decision is a part of a “safety strategy” by Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger. However, the Standing Committee of Correspondents wonders how banning the press from the articles of impeachment delivery will help with safety. They claim that the House and the Senate rejected every correspondents’ suggestion “without an explanation of how the restrictions contribute to safety rather than simply limit coverage of the trial.”

Naturally, reporters and press photographers strongly disagree with the decision, expressing their concerns that this move breaches the freedom of the press.

Carl Hulse of the New York Times tweeted: “Pretty much an outrage. Either Senate Republican leadership has no interest in recording history or perhaps they just want to play down the coming events altogether.”

The Washington Post’s White House reporter Seung Min Kim believes that “excessive restrictions like these only hurt the public,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Photographer David Hobby commented on the Senate’s decision with a tweet that pretty much sums up my own thoughts: “If you’re trying to erase a moment from history, job one is to ensure no still cameras are there to record it.”

[via DPReview; lead image credits: Gage Skidmore on Flickr]

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35 responses to “Press photographers banned from documenting the handing over of Trump’s “articles of impeachment””

  1. Christopher R Field Avatar
    Christopher R Field

    I figured they would just be emailed on a PDF

  2. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    Isn’t communism glorious?

    1. Basia Kowalska Avatar
      Basia Kowalska

      I think you’re confused about what communism is. It’s an economic system, not a political structure. It has nothing to do with freedom of the press.

    2. Don Navarro Avatar
      Don Navarro

      Basia Kowalska Communism (from Latin communis, “common, universal”)[1][2] is a philosophical, social, political, and economic ideology.

    3. Josh A Katz Avatar
      Josh A Katz

      For someone who hates communism, you’re pretty good at being publicly owned

    4. Don Navarro Avatar
      Don Navarro

      Josh A Katz wtf?

  3. Daniel Strickland Avatar
    Daniel Strickland

    It’s as if they don’t want photographic evidence of hm receiving it, so they can claim that he never got it. ?

    1. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Daniel Strickland When organizations have repeatedly said they would do anything wether within the law or not to do the president harm don’t need to be a rocket surgeon to know how not to prop up their failing business. Or ya know that depends on what the meaning of is is

  4. Tod Heckert Avatar
    Tod Heckert

    just like a dictator..

  5. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    I guess they hate the media more than POTUS.

  6. Matt Nicki Lautemann Avatar
    Matt Nicki Lautemann

    Next we won’t be able to look people directly in the eyes.

  7. Abel Rego Avatar
    Abel Rego

    Democracy exists no more due to this POS

  8. Tom Tinker Avatar
    Tom Tinker

    Good

  9. joshua hedden Avatar
    joshua hedden

    There will be plenty of photo opportunities at his next inauguration :D

    1. Gary Sthland Avatar
      Gary Sthland

      joshua hedden I’m keeping my camera ready to capture the exact moment of his assasisnation now that’s a keeper ehore

    2. Francesco Carucci Avatar
      Francesco Carucci

      joshua hedden at an high security prison.

    3. Johnny Oh Avatar
      Johnny Oh

      And 2nd impeachment.

  10. Phil Sterritt Avatar
    Phil Sterritt

    Maybe they could use one of those courtroom sketch artists?

  11. Jennette Thompson Tyler Peek Avatar
    Jennette Thompson Tyler Peek

    Too many wine and liquor stains

    1. Jay Ott Avatar
      Jay Ott

      Jennette Thompson Tyler Peek and bodily fluids from their impeachment orgy

  12. Tomas Ramirez Avatar
    Tomas Ramirez

    Electronics have always been banned on the Senate. Nothing new there. They just didn’t get an exception. And I recall that the reporters were held to a single press pen during the Clinton impeachment. So, keeping the rules as always is now controversial?

  13. Sylvester Zawadzki Avatar
    Sylvester Zawadzki

    Welcome to North Korea, or Iran… ohh wait it’s the new and improved USofA!

  14. J Kenrick Bernard Avatar
    J Kenrick Bernard

    Nice. Fake news is disgusting.

    1. Zack Schindler Avatar
      Zack Schindler

      Just because you don’t like a news article does not make it fake news quite unlike FoxPravda.

      https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2020/01/15/press-objects-to-restrictions-on-coverage-of-impeachment-trial

  15. Jürg Wolf Avatar
    Jürg Wolf

    Some weeks ago, the Republicans told us that it’s not correct to run the impeachment process by the Democrats “in the dark room where noone knows what they are talking about”….

    Oh yes – this is something clearly different….. ?

    1. Tomas Ramirez Avatar
      Tomas Ramirez

      Except for the very small fact that reporters, you know, will BE IN the chamber during the impeachment.

  16. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Hardly a surprise.

  17. Del Robertson Somerville Avatar
    Del Robertson Somerville

    Is trump taking a dump in this photo?

  18. Bill Worley Avatar
    Bill Worley

    Looks like their email was down.

  19. Gary Sthland Avatar
    Gary Sthland

    Too late its gone viral

  20. Peter Foote Avatar
    Peter Foote

    I offered to recant the story using interpretative dance.

  21. Jeff Lucchesi Avatar
    Jeff Lucchesi

    I guess that’s normal, would love to say he’s being petty.

  22. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    Fascism is alive and well in America, thanks to Orange Hitler.

  23. Warren Dibb Avatar
    Warren Dibb

    Remember a reuters photographer was kicked out of the impeachment hearings for photographing documents?……..maybe he blew it for everyone.?

  24. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    I will not get political but what do you expect from the Fuhrer of the United States and his Gestapo.