Chilly Reception for English Photographers

From the Independent, this article details the increasingly fraught environment for photography in England where police, using the all-encompassing Anti-Terrorism Act, regularly harass and detain photographers who they believe to be a threat.

Reuben Powell was jailed for five hours for taking photos of a public building in London last week. (He was ultimately released, but they did take his DNA for good measure.) The article also points to the now constant problems for railroad enthusiasts and the case of Jess Hurd, which we posted on last month.

And while the police do have a clear-cut policy on how to handle public photography, the officers in the streets seem to wantonly enforce the law whichever way they please.

Jeremy Dear, the general secretary of the NUJ, said:

Even the police’s own guidance makes it clear that there’s nothing in the Terrorism Act that can be used to prohibit the taking of photos in a public place. The authorities have got to do more to ensure that those people charged with upholding the law don’t keep on contravening it by trampling over well-established civil liberties.

Article via The Independent

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