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Fifth Circuit rejects media groups’ challenge of Texas drone regulations

An appellate panel said Texas photojournalists were wrong to believe they have a sweeping First Amendment right to film private citizens on private property without permission.

(CN) — In a loss for Texas journalists, a Fifth Circuit panel on Monday ruled a state law restricting use of drones does not violate the First Amendment.

While flying his drone over a San Marcos, Texas apartment complex where several people had died from an arson fire in July 2018, San Antonio Express-News multimedia reporter Billy Calzada was approached by a federal agent.

The agent told him he was interfering with a federal investigation and called San Marcos police.

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