Seattle media companies appeal police protest subpoena

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of news outlets has appealed to the Washington Supreme Court to block a Seattle Police Department subpoena pursuing unpublished images of protester activity. The Seattle Times and four local television stations argued in the Tuesday filing that the images are protected by the state’s reporter shield law, and a King County Superior Court judge erred when ordering their release. In Washington and most states journalists are shielded from law enforcement subpoenas, except for limited circumstances. Under King County Superior Court Judge Nelson Lee’s ruling, the media companies have until Aug. 21 to hand over raw and unpublished news photos and video footage taken during racial injustice protests in Seattle on May 30.