Jess Hurd

Photographer
civil liberties

Hostile Reconnaissance


The London Photographers’ Branch is proud to announce a pre-election rally on Terror Laws, Civil Liberties & Press Freedom at 7pm on the 13th of April at Friends Meeting House in Euston.

The rally will be chaired by photographer Jess Hurd and speakers include:

Jeremy Dear General Secretary National Union of Journalists
Paul Lewis Guardian journalist & British Press Awards Reporter of the Year 2010
Keith Ewing Professor of Public Law at King’s College London & author of Bonfire of the Liberties
Henry Porter Observer columnist, author & British editor of Vanity Fair
Chez Cotton Head of Action Against the Police at Bindmans Solicitors & a co-ordinator of the Police Action Lawyers Group
Marc Vallée Photojournalist, investigative journalist and one of the organisers of the I’m A Photographer, Not a Terrorist! campaign group.
Pennie Quinton, Filmmaker who won the ECHR case that ruled s44 is unlawful.

More speakers are TBC and will include high-profile photographers, journalists and lawyers who have dealt with the raft of terror laws that we face today.

Supporting the rally are the National Union of Journalists, NUJLondon Central Branch and the ‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist!‘ campaign group.

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For Police Eyes Only


This is enlarged from an image I took in 2004 which shows a police officer with named photo ID’s of individuals on a Stop the War coalition protest outside an election fundraising dinner where George Bush Senior was after dinner speaker (pic is used in the Guardian story related today)


Not only does it contain prominent peace activists but also outrageously, two journalists (names and faces have been blurred to protect the identity of individuals listed)


The spotter card is used by police to identify potential ‘trouble makers’.


See Guardian article; Police in £9m scheme to log ‘domestic extremists’ here


and Domestic Extremist blog piece here


© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

Domestic Extremist

May day demonstration at Bank. Organised by Space Hijackers. London 2009.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


See Mark Thomas Guardian article on the civil liberties and the police secret database here


Read For Police Eyes Only blog piece on the Guardian Domestic Extremist story here


Our reputation on surveillance also extends to the New York Times here