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And in This Corner: NYPD v. Press. (It Ain’t Over Yet)

By Matt Catania

Judging from the response at a public hearing earlier this month, the New York City Police Department still has a long way to go to appease bloggers and other less-established journalists who, under the NYPD’s current rules, couldn’t get press passes to attend major media events or to cover breaking news.

The NYPD has proposed new rules that would make bloggers eligible to receive press passes (the change in policy resulted from settlement between the NYPD and bloggers who filed suit against the department in 2008), but several journalists at the April 7 hearing said the proposed rules gave them more questions than answers, and may herald tighter restrictions on press access to crime scenes than what previously existed.

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