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02/14/2009 02:10:54 AM · #1
On Mondy 16th the Connter Terrorism Act 2008 comes into force which means it will become illegal to take photos of the Police. Full story here.

So it will be illegal to take a photo of a public official in a public place!
02/14/2009 10:15:00 AM · #2
Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the NUJ, said: "Police officers ... believe they have the power to delete images or to take editorial decisions about what can and can't be photographed. The right to take photos in a public place is a precious freedom. It is what enables the press to show the wider world what is going on."

From above article.

R.
02/14/2009 12:13:12 PM · #3
Really Sad... In some ways I am glad I don't live there now days :-( Not that the US or even Oz is far behind..... I honestly don't understand this mentality.... but it's strong enough to get laws passed - maybe due to apathy by the rest of us :shrug:
02/14/2009 12:20:49 PM · #4
Originally posted by robs:

I honestly don't understand this mentality.... but it's strong enough to get laws passed - maybe due to apathy by the rest of us :shrug:


It's called "fascism" and it is something that happens, historically, in times of widespread fear.

R.
02/14/2009 12:45:54 PM · #5
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I'm feeling quite privileged then to be able to share this. Hope that doesn't change.
02/14/2009 01:20:45 PM · #6
and here they want to make it illegal to insult a police officer !!

02/14/2009 01:22:33 PM · #7
Took these last September.

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02/14/2009 02:51:10 PM · #8
Making any law intentionally vague enough to allow for use of an individual officer's discretion is dangerous.
02/14/2009 03:26:21 PM · #9
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by robs:

I honestly don't understand this mentality.... but it's strong enough to get laws passed - maybe due to apathy by the rest of us :shrug:


It's called "fascism" and it is something that happens, historically, in times of widespread fear.

R.


It's quite a nice rule when you want to beat the crap out of protesters. Nobody is allowed to record it....
Even in a country like Russia, where they indeed beat the crap out of protesters, you can still take pictures of it. It is not illegal. They might beat the crap out of you too if they see you doing it, but....

Fear the government, not the terrorists.
02/14/2009 03:30:54 PM · #10
Originally posted by ralph:

and here they want to make it illegal to insult a police officer !!


Oh, we have that law for a very long time. Why would you want to call a cop a ****s*ck*r anyway? Wait, I know, just after he formats your card because he thinks you photographed him. :)


02/14/2009 04:05:31 PM · #11
Cross-posting:
Originally posted by justine:

Protest
Photographers snap into action over new law UK.

Coming to a country near you-?
02/14/2009 04:49:51 PM · #12
Don't feel bad. The same rules are in effect in China! (of course China is a communist country)
02/14/2009 05:03:41 PM · #13
Might not be too long before the government tries to pass something similar here in the USA. There numerous instances of law officers bellying up to photographers and insisting that they delete images just taken or they will be arrested. Some are arrested anyway.

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