Photography rights: Snappers to descend on Scotland Yard

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Photography rights: Snappers to descend on Scotland Yard

Papping the police shouldn't mean a pop to prison
By John Ozimek Ozimek12th February 2009 13:29 GMT

Comment The individual right to take photographs is being threatened, and distrust of police and government motives in respect of photography is growing. On Monday, the issue will be defiantly, peacefully raised as a mass demonstration, supported by comedian Mark Thomas, converges on New Scotland Yard to assert the right of snappers to take pictures.
The demonstration is a direct response to new powers that the police will acquire on that day under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, which many fear will be used to further restrict and harass photographers. This follows a year in which the issue of the individual right to photograph has rarely been out of the news.

The new law makes it an offence to elicit or attempt to elicit information about an individual who is or has been a member of Her Majestys forces, a member of any of the intelligence services or a constable, "which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or publishes or communicates any such information".


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Hope it is successful Bob! If Mark Thomas (one of my favourite comedians and political activists) is involved as you report I can garuantee he will find a way to exploit the hypocrisy of it!

You should check out these youtube clips from Mark Thomas's radio show where he comedically used demonstration to completley destroy an act of parliment banning demonstrations in parliment square. It is honestly one of the most hilarious things I have heard. The government made it illegal for people to protest in central London and parliment square under the anti-terriorism act. It was basically a farcical law to try and rid parliment square of the anti-war protester Brian Haw who had been camped out there since we invaded Iraq (it didn't work). If you wished to protest you had to trudge through a whole heap of red tape and paper work. The public hated and the police hated it so Mark Thomas went into action. Check this out, bear with the story as it gets more and more absurd. It is funny cos it's true.....

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