Photographers Rights Event
Monday 16th February 2009 is the enforcement date for Section 76 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008. As the British Journal of Photography (BJP) wrote last month:
“The relationship between photographers and police could worsen next
month when new laws are introduced that allow for the arrest – and
imprisonment – of anyone who takes pictures of officers ‘likely to be
useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.”
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has teamed up with Mark Thomas (writer, broadcaster, comic and political activist), Chris Atkins (BAFTA nominated director and writer of the feature film documentary Taking Liberties), The British Journal of Photography and others for a “media event” outside New Scotland Yard on Monday 16 February 2009.
The plan is simple: turn up with your camera and exercise your democratic right to take a photograph in a public place.
16 February 2009
11:00 – 12:00
New Scotland Yard
London SW1H OBG
These new rules will have a direct impact on the freedom of street photographers as well as news gatherers. If you value your right to take a photograph in a public place without being suspected of having terrorist intentions, we at in-public urge you to attend.