David Snyder

Mel Opotowsky, 1931-2024

Mel Opotowsky, the longest-serving board member in FAC’s history and a primary animating force in the organization’s founding, died last week at the age of 92. 

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FAC Defends Press Freedom in Marin Photographer’s Case

A note from Executive Director David Snyder We went to court last week to stand up for press freedom after police arrested Northern California photographer Jeremy Portje and seized his camera gear.  By itself, the arrest raised a number of concerns. Portje was reportedly filming police in public at a homeless encampment — activity that is protected by the First Amendment. Then, police seized Portje’s camera gear and electronic devices. Regardless of the reason for the arrest, this seizure left Portje vulnerable to an

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