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What do I need to know if I am part of the media?

With its rich history in the Free Speech movement, the City of Berkeley is, and remains, committed to allowing the public to peacefully assemble.  Unfortunately, some of the participants in demonstrations may resort to criminal activity.  Acts of violence, oftentimes, lead to a chaotic environment for officers as well.  Because of this, it can be difficult for line officers to quickly differentiate demonstrators from members of the media who need access to the location.

We value your safety as you cover important events in our community and want you to be safe while you do your work.  With this in mind, the Berkeley Police Department would like you to consider these personal safety measures when you cover demonstrations:

  • Officers in the area may not be able to ensure your safety.
  • Have your media credentials clearly visible for officers.
  • Try to cover the event from the side of any established police lines.
  • If that is not possible, ask an officer to be let through the police line to cover the incident from behind the police officers.  For even better results, ask a police supervisor.
  • If you experience difficulty getting the access and freedom of movement you require, contact the Department's Public Information Officer for assistance.
  • If you are photographing or video recording in the midst of violent and assaultive activity, consider moving away from the situation to a safer place.


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