Saturday, September 27, 2014

7 things you should know about the Forest Service's media restrictions in wilderness | OregonLive.com

And here's another item -- again, thanks to David Paulides -- about fees, permissions and what could happen to you if you take photos in a national forest. Say, don't we pay taxes and things as well as have free speech?

7 things you should know about the Forest Service's media restrictions in wilderness | OregonLive.com: As we reported, under rules being finalized, a reporter who shot a video or photo on an iPhone in 36 million acres of wilderness would first need to pay for a special permit.

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get them could face fines up to $1,000.

First Amendment advocates say the rules ignore press freedoms and are so vague they'd allow the Forest Service to grant permits only to favored reporters shooting videos for positive stories.

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