The US Navy Wrongfully Detained a Photographer Twice

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According to a report that was shared via the Click, the US Navy wrongfully detained a photographer out on an assignment to take photos. The photographer, Nic Coury, was standing on the sidewalk taking images when a Navel officer approached him and asked him to delete the images when he tried taking photos of the Navel Postgraduate School. When he tried calling his editor, they thought he was playing an April Fool’s Joke. However, he wasn’t–and the Navy agreed to only let him go if he deleted his images.

Editor Mary Duan unfortunately didn’t know what her publication’s rights were in terms of capturing images of military installations from a public space. But days later, Duan sent Coury again–and the same thing happened. “I get a text: “Pick up your phone. They’re calling Monterey PD to take my camera.” states Duan’s recollection.

Later on though, the Navy admitted that they were wrong in a statement saying, “…We have no authority to detain personnel outside the base on public property. The training issue is being addressed and we will provide lessons learned to other bases.'”

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.