News coverage can't be stopped

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Occasionally, unpleasant things happen. And when they happen to your business or to a family member, they're especially upsetting.

But, if they happen in a public place, they become news. And, like it or not, it has to be reported.

A T-G reporter was confronted on Wednesday as he photographed the scene outside a Shelbyville factory following a bomb threat. No bomb was found.

Management members said, "This isn't news," and, "We don't want this in the newspaper."

The reporter was ordered to stop taking photographs. He correctly explained that as long as he was on the street in front of the firm -- a street constructed by all of our tax dollars -- he was free to take photographs. And he continued doing so.

News reporters can not be legally ordered off public property, such as streets, or ordered not to shoot photographs. Thanks to the Shelbyville Police Department for stepping up and backing our reporter's right.

And it is very much news when a threat is made to any institution or business, employees are forced to evacuate -- in sight of surrounding businesses and passersby -- and, importantly, time and money -- everyone's money -- is spent as multiple rescue/fire, ambulance and law enforcement respond to an incident.

We report news. And we also report facts, as opposed to spreading rumors -- a fact wise officials of any business or corporation should keep in mind. Damaging, false rumors often fly when true facts are kept hidden.

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  • I totally agree. The reporter was on a public street, in front of a factory where the public is employed and the event was responded to by firefighters and police officers that are paid for by the public to protect and serve the community. That makes it news! The Times Gazette has the responsibility to insure that the public needs to be informed. There's no axe to grind here.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Aug 22, 2012, at 8:55 PM
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