The Roanoke Times reported on Sunday that:
“At least half a dozen police officers and the Rockingham County commonwealth’s attorney raided the offices of James Madison University’s student newspaper Friday, confiscating hundreds of photos of an off-campus riot last weekend, the paper’s editor said.”
Much has been written and blogged about since this occurred, and, of course, we have our own tape confiscation incident this semester to provide even more context.
My friend, George Miller of Temple University, posted this question on his blog: “Should Journalists Cooperate With Police?”
Please weigh in on his blog as well as on the comments board here with your thoughts. How should the editor have responded? What rights do student journalists have when intimidation tactics are used by police and other authority figures? How can student journalists combat such tactics?