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Restrictions On Photography On The Coastal Strip and Casco Viejo

Photos & PicturesAn article published in a local print media caused a stir in the country, because it says "you will have to ask permission to take pictures and videos on the coastal strip and Casco Viejo." The publication notes that in order to take pictures and videos on the Cinta Costera, you must first send a request to the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) and quotes Jaime Solé, Cinta Costera manager, who told the newspaper that the measure seeks to ensure that what is published shows the country is a positive aspect.

The lawyer Ernesto Cedeño said in this regard that it "is blatantly unconstitutional because the Constitution states what are the public access areas, beaches and parks where any foreigner can access them." Meanwhile a tourist said that's too bad because they come to the country to know the sights. However, we tried to get an official version from the MOP, but for now reigns an absolute secrecy.

With regard to the Old Town, historical heritage officials explained by telephone that there is no restriction for the media at this time to take photos and videos in that area. However, permission is required if you are intending to do a special publications such as books, advertising campaigns and events. Despite this, during a tour of the Coastal Strip, we met several tourists taking all the pictures they wanted without any restrictions. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: Once again, a ridiculous attempt to somehow control the media, and apparently anyone with a camera, including foreign tourists. The fact of the matter is legally speaking you can take photos or videos in any public space, with no restrictions. On several occasions I've had individual police officers try to tell me "you can't take photos of that" like at a crime scene, or at an accident, or what have you. Basically I just ignore them and go about my business. I have not had anyone try to force the issue or make me stop filming or shooting videos. In short, I'd like to see them try. Now, It's a whole different matter on any private property - and that's when you need permission or to be invited to cover an event. For instance, you're not supposed to take photos inside of a mall, as an example. Again, private property is the difference. People do it all the time, like snap a photo of their kid in front of the dinosaur at the Albrook Mall or what have you. But if they want, the owners can selectively enforce any restrictions they want to impose.

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Restrictions On Photography On The Coastal Strip and Casco Viejo
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 02 2012 @ 06:37 PM UTC

If this new law, regulation or whatever they call it is true them I have to say that it is the most stupid thing that this government have done for the sake of money.

I went today in the morning and I took my daugther and her husband a session of photographs and I saw a lot of tourists and panamanians family taking pictures and nobody was there to prohibit us to do that.