After initially refusing to allow Photojournalist Robert Levine permission to use a drone to document the events surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, the FAA has reversed their position, allowing him a three-day waiver.
In a highly controversial decision, the FAA issued a TFR (temporary flight restriction) over the area covered by the protest, which many have argued severely limits the media's ability to cover the events unfolding there and amounts to a government-sanctioned media blackout, thereby enabling unlawful actions. In particular, the FAA's vague justification of the TFR as "law enforcement activity" did little to ease tensions at the site. A TFR issued for the same reasons over Ferguson, MO in 2014 sparked similar outcry.
Lead image by Flickr user Fibonacci Blue, used under Creative Commons.