A Seattle Times reporter claims:
This ruling could potentially put my and my Seattle Times colleagues’ safety at risk. https://t.co/yZffIKkGoP
— Paige Cornwell (@pgcornwell) July 24, 2020
When asked to elaborate on the risk she replied,
We do not work for or with the police, and it’s important that we are not perceived as doing so. Journalists have been met with increasing hostility and threats because of this perception.
But, the subjects of those pictures and video surely would expect the recordings to fall into the hands of law enforcement when they were published. That is, unless they expected them to be edited or withheld in their favor before being published, right?
So, it would seem to me, that either the criminals would have to expect reporters to be biased in their favor or expect the recordings be available to the police. Hence, either the reporters are complicit in the crime or the risk to reporters is not changed.
Am I missing something here?