Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29, 2001 Ohio Congressman Has Police Confiscate Small Cameras at Public Event

It looks like the Morristown Utility System Board of Commissioners is not alone in trying to keep its meetings from being videotaped. See yesterday's post here.

Knoxville blogger Michael Silence reports here about "camera police" at a Congressman's town hall meeting in Cincinnati.

Aides to U. S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, had the police confiscate small cameras that were being used to tape a town hall meeting held by Chabot.  The cameras, which were allegedly operated by Democrat activists, were taken up "to protect the privacy of constituents."

Media cameras were not confiscated "because they can be expected to respect people's privacy." 

The aide who had the cameras confiscated later said no cameras would be seized at Chabot's next town hall meeting.

The link to the report is here.

On the local government scene, the "news"paper has started videotaping city council meetings.  It sure would be interesting if the local  "news"paper tried to spread a little more Sunshine by attending and taping the next meeting of the MUS Board in September.

Wonder if Gene Jolley, George McGuffin, Harold Nichols, Lynn Elkins, and Max Biery would tell managing editor John Gullion to put his camera up?

And just why is the MUS Board concerned about citizens videotaping the actions and deliberations of a public board in a public meeting? 

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