Photography protest: Scotland Yard

This morning, photographers and filmmakers – and the political activist and comedian Mark Thomas – gathered in their hundreds outside New Scotland Yard to exercise their democratic right to take a photograph in a public place.

The event was in defiance of Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008 which became law today.

The new legislation gives the police powers to arrest photographers for taking and publishing a picture of a cop if the police decide that it is ‘likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.’

Photographers protest against Section 76, Scotland Yard, London, 16th Feb 2009

Photographers protest against Section 76, Scotland Yard, London, 16th Feb 2009

Photographers protest against Section 76, Scotland Yard, London, 16th Feb 2009

Photographers protest against Section 76, Scotland Yard, London, 16th Feb 2009

Photographers protest against Section 76, Scotland Yard, London, 16th Feb 2009

Photographers protest against Section 76, Scotland Yard, London, 16th Feb 2009