We went along to Saturday’s I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! protest in Trafalgar Square to register our concerns about about the increasing use of terrorism laws against street photographers.
The cops aren’t harassing people scaling up trees to take pictures of nuclear installations through massive telephone lens. They’re harassing normal people taking ordinary tourist photos, or documenting architecture, or capturing police misconduct (G20) or taking the kind of street scenes that has produced some of the greatest photography.
Things are bad enough already – giving the law even more reason to harass people exercising their right to take pictures of whatever they like will result in massive restrictions on photography, more hassles from cops – and lots of photos of police abuse being censored.
Here’s a few pics from the demo: