Chicago police to fingerprint reporters for press passes

Sunday, March 24, 2002

The Chicago Police Department says it plans to revive an old policy that would require journalists to be photographed and fingerprinted in exchange for media credentials.

Police spokesman David Bayless said the Police Department intends to “bring an added layer of safety, security and integrity to the media credentialing process” with the measure, according to a March 7 Chicago Sun-Times article.

The Chicago Headline Club, a group of professional journalists, sent a letter to Mayor Richard M. Daley on March 4, requesting that he review and revise the ordinance. The group says reporters will be hindered by the policy.

See Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press article on the subject: