I'm a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! protest
UK photographers protest against increasing police harassment
(Photos ©urban75, 23rd January 2010)
Fed up with increasing hassle from the feds, plastic cops and security jobsworths, UK snappers gathered at Trafalgar Square on Saturday 23rd January as part of the I'm a Photographer, Not a A Terrorist!campaign.
The campaign aims to defend the rights of professional and amateur photographers and stop the abuse of the terror laws which have resulted in some quite bonkers arrests.
We've been documenting the harassment that's been dished out to ordinary photographers for some time, and have compiled a comprehensive section on the site: Photographers Rights And The Law In The UK - the law and photography.
We've also compiled adepressingly long archiveof case studies and examples of photographers feeling the long arm of the law under quite dubious circumstances, so it's important that a stand is made.
A earlier protest in Feb 2009 saw hundreds of photographers gathering outside the police headquarters at Scotland Yard to complain about harassment and naturally, we were there to document the event.
One of the terrorism laws that the police have been stretching into unrecognisable shapes to target photographers is Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Interestingly, this has just been declared illegal by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, so we'll be seeing if the police continue to try that one on.
Big crowd in Trafalgar Square.
Quite possibly the most photographed dog in London that day!
Discuss the demo on our boards!
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