Photojournalists and filmmakers call on camera makers to include encryption
Some of the world’s leading photojournalists and filmmakers are calling on the manufacturers of the cameras they use to add encryption to their products, as the number of threats they face from having their devices seized is “literally too high to count.”
Over 150 documentary makers and reporters signed an open letter by the Freedom of the Press Foundation, asking for camera makers — including Nikon, Sony, and Canon — to ensure that their work is protected while often “attempting to uncover wrongdoing in the interests of justice.”
“Documentary filmmakers and photojournalists work in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, often risking their lives to get footage of newsworthy events to the public,” said Trevor Timm, the foundation’s executive director.
But, he said, “they face a variety of threats from border security guards, local police, intelligence agents, terrorists, and criminals when attempting to safely return their footage so that it can be edited and published.”
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