I saw this fascinating article over at Socialist Unity concerning the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008.
Under this new Act it is will be an offence to take a photograph of police officers ‘likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’. And if guilty you could be looking at a 10 year stretch… So, photographers on a demonstrations, protests and so on could be defined as terrorists. This attacks our core civil liberties as photographers involved in documenting police actions whether violent or not can be arrested under Section 76.
This erodes basic human rights and freedom of expression. Documentation of events are an important aspect in a democracy, this legislation gives further powers to the cops to stop anyone documenting any kind of disturbance or altercation with Her Majesty’s Finest.
If anyone’s interested, there is a protest orgainsed by the National Union of Journalists where over 200 photographers are expected to demonstrate on Feb 16th against this rather questionable attack on a free media.