Jess Hurd

Photographer
NUJ

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.

FacebookFacebook Event Google MapsGoogle Map

Protecting and Serving the People – Police Apology


In August of last year 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.   

This is a copy of the letter of apology I received from the police.

Here is the NUJ statement here
Read BJP article here
See related Guardian article here and on Climate Camp here
Aljazeera.net here

See Climate Camp web gallery here
All images are available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

Thanks to Bindmans Solicitors and the NUJ for their help and support.


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.


%d bloggers like this: