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1st Amendment fight in Malibu

September 16, 2008 |  4:44 pm

Malibu officials have been threatening for months to crack down on the parparazzi. No proposal has been brought to the council, but some ideas submitted to the city are already generating controversy (among them, restricting photographers from around schools). The Malibu Surfside News has all the details, including some objections from one journalist:

Ordinance One focuses on privacy and security concerns of celebrities and their children at local schools, creating photography-free zones, apparently without recognizing that all children should be entitled to the same protections. And also without acknowledging the proviso that currently exists in the Malibu Municipal Code that exempts news coverage by the media from comparable restrictions. The proposed ordinance could especially impede the work of freelancers, such as Hans Laetz, the journalist who threatened the legal action that led to [Mayor Pam] Conley Ulich calling the Aug. 1 public meeting.

Fishbowl L.A. reports that the Society of Professional Journalists is also concerned about what's going on in Malibu.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times