Five weeks after the NPPA sent letters to the D.C. Taxicab Commission, andÂ U.S. Parks PoliceÂ protesting an incident in which two journalists were arrested for taking pictures and recording a public meeting, the Commission reports that it has revised its policy on public attendance, photography and recording at meetings.
The new policy states, in part,
A member of the public, including any representative of the media, may record or photograph the proceedings of the Commission at an open meeting by means of a tape recorder or any other recording device so long as the person does not impede the orderly conduct of the meeting, by, for instance, creating excessive noise that impairs the ability of others to hear the proceeding or using excessively bright artificial light.
The Interim Chairwoman of theÂ Â taxicab commission, Dena Reed, Â notified the NPPA of the change in a letter this week. Reed was quoted in JuneÂ in a Washington PostÂ article as stating that the commission had banned videotaping of its proceedings because it was disruptive.
The entire “Open Meetings Policy and Protocol,” can be found on the DC Taxicab Commissions website at this link.
Washington Post article about the incident.
Second Washington Post article about the incidentÂ and copy of a statement by Reed after the incident.
Carlos Miller’s article and videoÂ regarding the original incident.