Saturday, September 11, 2010

UC Regents may change media policy

The UC Board of Regents next week will likely to toss out a long-standing policy restricting public access to its meetings, and to affirm the public's right to record, videotape or photograph proceedings, the Chronicle reports.

The board has a policy that only accredited journalists can record its meetings, which prevented filmmaker Ric Chavez from covering a July 14 meeting. The revised policy would allow anyone to tape regents' meetings as long as the activity is not disruptive.

State Sen. Leland Yee and a journalists' group intervened, calling Chavez' rejection a violation of California's open meeting law. The meeting where the board is expected to change its policy is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15, at UC Mission Bay in San Francisco.

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