Jess Hurd

Photographer
Guardian

Capital of Culture?

I’ve just returned from a work trip to Istanbul. I was there two years ago with Mark Thomas working on his book exposing the crimes of Coca Cola.

Whilst I was there I visited Sulukule, the oldest gypsy community in the world and a community facing forced eviction and demolition, the story appeared as eyewitness in the Guardian newspaper.

The Roma residents, famous for their traditional gypsy music, were fighting the ‘gentrification’ of their historic community, which was only to leave a handful of houses as museum artifacts and re-house the gypsies in anonymous blocks some way outside the city.

The community is now dispersed, destroyed and impoverished and as Istanbul celebrates its European Capital of Culture status it represents exactly the opposite in my opinion.

See Sulukule slideshow here

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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


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Guardian Special Report – English Defence League

Guardian Special Report – English Defence League 12th September 2009


Searchlight EDL investigation – Businessman bankrolls ‘street army’ here


Socialist Worker 12th September coverThey claim they’re not Nazis!

Anti-racist chase thugs out of Birmingham here


The True Face of the English Defence League – Birmingham web gallery here


Harrow web gallery here


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Watching the Watchers


Police body wrap a FIT Watch protester Val Swain mother of three from Cardiff, who was photographing officers without identify numbers conduct stop and searches at Climate Camp near Kingsnorth coal fired electricity station. Rochester, Kent.


© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

They are making a complaint about their treatment by the police to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

See Climate Camp Fit Watch three arrests web gallery here

Guardian police footage here

After photographing the brutal arrest of the three FIT Watch protesters myself and other media colleagues were stopped and searched and 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.

Read my apology from Kent Police here


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