It’s official: Attendees of D.C. Taxicab Commission meetings can now record the proceedings to their heart’s content, so long as they do not “impede the orderly conduct of the meeting.”
The news comes via the National Press Photographers Association, after the group objected to the June 22 arrests of two journalists at a DCTC meeting. They had been accused of violating a commission policy against taping. The NPPA blog reports:
[T]he 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.”
So leave those floodlights at home, folks.
Since the arrests, Mayor Vincent C. Gray appointed a new chair for the commission, Ron Linton, who said he’d be more camera-friendly than his predecessor. “I started my professional career as a newspaper reporter and so I’m not too frightened of journalists,” he said at a news conference.
Linton awaits confirmation by the D.C. Council.