Jonas Lara was working on a documentary project where he delved into the lives of graffiti artists and their artwork. He was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting. His camera was confiscated and if he is convicted he could lose his license and face up to a year of jail time.
I know that a lot of people are thinking "well, he was photographing a crime" "he needs to be subject to the same consequences". I do not agree. Over the years there has been many very important accounts of investigative journalism done and those would be subject to criminal charges if this man is convicted. I do agree that it falls under a very gray area of, where do we draw the line of journalism and criminal aid. I mean if someone was planting a bomb in a park and you just sat there and took pictures instead of calling the cops, then I think that would fall under the realm of aiding, because of the human live factor. I don't think that you can put all of this under one umbrella and have it be ok. I think each case needs to be looked at based on what happened. I personally support Jonas and his fight and hope that it all works out for the best. Here is a link to Jonas' Facebook page, and where to donate to his legal fund. Jonas Lara Legal Defense Fund | Facebook
What are your thoughts?