Here’s Nydia Tisdale with her picture on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Gretchen and I dropped in on Nydia Sunday afternoon in Roswell, GA.
Needless to say, we support Nydia.
She usually doesn’t even provide commentary with her video reports,
yet when videoing public meetings she’s repeatedly faced obstruction
from people who don’t seem to know the First Amendment, nor even the Four Amendment, much less Georgia’s Open Meetings Law.
Tisdale is being honored by Georgia’s First Amendment Foundation for her work in making public meetings available to the citizens of her community and for her dedication to keeping government open for everyone’s participation.
Tuesday morning assailant Peggy Green apologized a year after
Nydia Tisdale asked.
The judge remarked he was happy at the outcome so nobody had to face jail time.
So, if you want your meeting to be private, don’t advertise it as
“open to the public”.
And when someone shows up with a camera, don’t try to throw them out,
especially not physically.
Perhaps elected and appointed officials will take note:
you are public servants, and the public can record what you do.
Which, if you treat the public as your allies and not your enemies,
can be greatly to your advantage.
On the eve of trial, Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale settled her
longstanding federal lawsuit asserting the right to film public
meetings for $200,000 along with a new policy that ensures future
filming of Cumming City Council meetings.
It looks like the “public” Pumpkin Farm Republican campaign rally headlined by Gov. Nathan Deal
not only caused a citizen journalist to be roughed up and
evicted, and her camera taken, apparently the local law edited
her video recording to remove the sound of her screams.
You’ll remember Tisdale as the citizen-journalist from Roswell who
was arrested in August at a GOP rally at a pumpkin farm in
Dawsonville for pointing a video recorder at candidates. Which is
what she does.
In front of the top of the GOP ticket, including Gov. Nathan Deal,
Tisdale was grabbed — then roughed up. Her camera was Continue reading →
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens reportedly asked Nydia Tisdale “I don’t know why you’re videotaping” and was recorded moments later laughing as
she yelled for help while a deputy
forcibly ejected her from a political rally
in front of Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue.