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Parsing the Forest Service's (bad) proposed photo regulations
Parsing the Forest Service's (bad) proposed photo regulations

Early last month the U.S. Forest Service posted a proposed regulation that seemed to set the stage for government control of journalists’ access to public lands, with the added insult of wanting to charge hikers for photographing or filming their experiences in public wilderness areas. The problem, it turns out, has less to do with government overreach than with the amorphously worded proposed regulation, which left an effort to standardize a permitting process open to much broader interpretation, at least according to the Forest Service. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they didn’t intend to chill investigative reporting or whistle-blowing, a potential result...

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