Jess Hurd

Photographer
I’m a photographer not a terrorist

New Scotland Yard – Flash!


Photographers gather outside New Scotland Yard to celebrate the European Court of Human Rights decision to reject the governments appeal to its decision in January that ruled Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The campaign is not over yet, we want s44 repealed and there are rafts of other laws police are at liberty to harass us with.

But it is important to mark the victories when we win them!

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Victory! Flash Mob


Last week the European Court of Human Rights rejected the governments appeal to its decision in January that ruled Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Although the Home Office has said it is still considering how the ruling affects the law and the police will continue to use it. It’s possible that any Stop & Search under s44 since 12th January 2010 will be open to legal challenge, so hang on to any receipts.

Unfortunately there are still a swathe of laws that police use to harass photographers, most notably s43, which is similar to s44 but requires an officer to suspect that you are a terrorist and s76 which makes it illegal to ‘elicit information about a police officer’ which includes photographing them.

In the meantime we’re going back to the place where our campaign started, outside New Scotland Yard. We’ll be gathering at 12 noon, tomorrow Sunday 4th July (Independence Day!) Come along and lets celebrate a little more freedom for photographers.

Press

Journalism.co.uk

BJP

London Photographers’ Branch

MP’s – Smile for the Camera!

Hundreds of letters encouraging MP’s to support the “I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist!” campaign by photographing themselves with a mini placard are delivered to Portcullis House. Westminster Parliament. London.


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Photographers take Trafalgar Square

Up to 3000 people join the I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist Mass Gathering in Trafalgar Square in defence of street photography and against the arbitary use of the terrorism laws to stop and search photographers.


See web gallery here

See press clippings collated by photographer Marc Vallee here


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Mass Photo Gathering

Mass Gathering in defence of street photography

I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! invite all Photographers to a mass photo gathering in defence of street photography.

Following a series of high profile detentions under s44 of the terrorism act including 7 armed police detaining an award winning architectural photographer in the City of London, the arrest of a press photographer covering campaigning santas at City Airport and the stop and search of a BBC photographer at St Pauls Cathedral and many others. PHNAT feels now is the time for a mass turnout of Photographers, professional and amateur to defend our rights and stop the abuse of the terror laws.

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http://PhotographerNotaTerrorist.org

FLASHMOB – Rogues Gallery


Photographers Flashmob Canary Wharf to highlight restrictions on photography in pseudo public spaces. Organised by the campaign I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist. Docklands, East London.


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Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

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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

Follow us on twitter: PHNAT
Facebook page

Please circulate.

Photo-Forum Films – Know Your Rights

‘I’m a photographer, not a terrorist – Know Your Rights’

Following the successful NUJ media event outside New Scotland Yard to highlight the issues photographers have with S76 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, NUJ members organised an ‘I’m a photographer, not a terrorist – Know Your Rights’ meeting.’

The meeting was hosted by Photo-Forum in February and was introduced by photographer Peter Macdiarmid with solicitor Anna Mazzola (Hickman and Rose) and photographer Andrew Wiard.

Jason Parkinson was commissioned to shoot and edit two short films for the evening.The film is funded by the NUJ.

Click here for Know Your Rights film

The first film on terrorism legislation features Anna Mazzola and Peter Macdiarmid.

The second film features Andrew Wiard, freelance photographer, who speaks about the history and the future of the press card.

We also compiled a slideshow featuring good and bad policing which is part of an on-going Photo-Forum project. If you have images to contribute to this project please send jpeg files in sRGB colour space, maximum size 1024 pixels on the long side to: photoforumuk@gmail.com

Photo-Forum is organized by photographers as a place for working photographers across the spectrum to bring images, ideas, photo stories, approaches and work in progress for supportive debate and criticism. It runs monthly on the second Thursday of the month in Central London.