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A coalition of more than a dozen news outlets is telling the Obama administration that its ban on the commercial use of drones—and “drone journalism” in general—goes against the First Amendment.
“This overly broad policy, implemented through a patchwork of regulatory and policy statements and an ad hoc cease-and-desist enforcement process, has an impermissible chilling effect on the First Amendment newsgathering rights of journalists,” the media told the National Transportation Safety Board.
The filing was submitted in a Federal Aviation Administration appeal to a National Transportation Safety Board administrative judge’s ruling that said the FAA illegally adopted the ban on the commercial use of small drones, and therefore the 2007 regulations are unenforceable.
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