Jess Hurd

Photographer
freedom of the press

Flashmob Canary Wharf

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Canary Wharf “FLASH-MOB”


A new campaign for photographers’ rights launched this weekend – with more than two hundred photographers showing their support for the PhotographerNotaTerrorist.org website by holding up a placard saying “I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist!” – will help all photographers to understand and uphold their legal right to take photographs.

The campaign will fight for photographers’ rights across the country, opposing police repression and the abuse of anti-terrorism legislation. It will challenge the unreasonable restrictions in pseudo-public spaces such as shopping centres and Canary Wharf.

Anti-Terror Map: The website will map the use across the country of anti-terrorism legislation which can impose prison sentences for simply photographing a police officer and whose wide-ranging draconian powers allow police to stop and search anyone even where there is no reasonable suspicion of terrorism at all.

Stop & Search Bust Card: Also featured on the site will be a ‘bust card’ for photographers – that will set out their legal right to take photographs when stopped by police or security staff.

Canary Wharf ‘Flash-mob: The campaign calls for a National Photographers Flash-Mob of Canary Wharf on 12th September 2009 and is calling for photographers across the country to highlight spaces where photography is unreasonably restricted. The flash-mob action will highlight how heavy handed private security guards are restricting individual liberty and press freedom by preventing photographers from pursuing their hobby or their profession.

The London flash-mob will be at 3pm at the Clocks, Canary Wharf, London.

Press: BBC AP The Register boingboing

I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist – launch party

‘I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist’ website/campaign launch party

In association with Photo-Forum
8th August – 6 til late – The Foundry

Photography is under attack. Across the country anyone with a camera is targeted as a potential terrorist.
This campaign is for everyone who values visual imagery and press freedom.

Entertainment:
Good cop – Bad cop Slideshow
Interactive self portrait photo-booth
Screening ‘Silly Season’ and other delights at 8pm
Special Guest appearance from the Hackney Secular Singers

The Foundry
86 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3JL

For more info contact:

Jeff Moore – 07870 209766
Jess Hurd – 07713 151765

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BNP – Off Our Streets

BNP leader Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons flanked by security are forced to flee a press conference by anti fascist protesters. College Green, Westminster. London.


© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


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Interview with BBC Radio Kent – Apology

Last summer I covered Climate Camp at Kingsnorth Power Station. There was a massive policing operation involving officers drawn from forces all over the country.


The media were filmed and searched entering and leaving the field where the protest camp was.

On one occasion after photographing a rather brutal arrest of protesters who had been filming the police we were detained for over an hour. We were then followed to a restaurant several miles away and were filmed through the window by the police Forward Intelligence Team.

On that particular day I was stopped and searched three times and detained for over two hours.  

Listen to the BBC Radio Kent interview here
Read the police apology and other press coverage here

I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist – NUJ media event

Hundreds join the ‘I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist’ NUJ media event outside New Scotland Yard. Press and amateur photographers gather outside Police HQ to highlight infringement of press freedom under the terrorism laws. London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


See web gallery here

BBC Radio Scotland am  here

BBC Radio Wales here

BBC Radio Scotland lunch here

BBC London here

Metropolitan Police Federation statement supporting photographers here

Stella Rimington on the police state in The Times here

Read NUJ report here

See NUJ video here 

Read EFJ article here

Read the Guardian here

Read the Telegraph here



London Paper Gallery here

Morning Star here

See BJP video here

Read BJP article here

Press Gazette here

Standard here

Read Londionist.com here


Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk


Listen to the audio of the police stopping me under S44 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act covering a traveller wedding in the London Docklands here


View the Dale Farm traveller wedding articles here