UK Photographers Protest in Trafalgar Square

Photographby Oil Scarff/Getty Images

More than two thousand photographers descended upon London’s Trafalgar Square this weekend to protest section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which was ruled unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights earlier this month.

As was predicted, UK police were on their best behavior during the protest as participants were able to photograph the square and themselves without incident. However, despite photographers having just one day free from harassment and the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling, Chief Constable Craig Mackey of the Association of Chief Police Officers said officers would continue to use stop and search powers while the court’s decision was appealed.

So it is very likely that we will continue to hear stories about UK police unlawfully harassing the public and photographers as they go about their business in a supposedly free and democratic country.

Thankfully, the protest received much attention and was covered by the GuardianCNN,and BBC News.

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1 Response to “UK Photographers Protest in Trafalgar Square”


  1. 1 the_fonz March 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

    See this video, ‘Freedom to Film’, http://www.worldbytes.org/programmes/013/013_003.html, for more info on photographers and filmmakers being hindered in their work.


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