Jess Hurd

Photographer
press freedom

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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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.

Join the Facebook Group here

Follow PHNAT on twitter

http://PhotographerNotaTerrorist.org

More Hostile Reconnaissance

Last year on UN Human Rights Day I was invited to cover a traveller wedding, one of four in four days at Dale Farm ahead of a planned site eviction by Basildon Council in Essex


As UN Human rights Day approaches this week Dale Farm is still intact and NUJ lawyers have today submitted a letter to the IPCC about the treatment I faced from policemen who stopped me under s44 of the Terrorism Act at the wedding, who took my camera and said I could have been doing “Hostile Reconnaissance”

I have been covering the lives and struggles of travellers in the UK since 1996 and more recently the problems for Roma gypsies across Europe. See the destruction of Sulukule, the oldest gypsy community in the world and the conditions in the camps around Rome

This week I was invited back to Dale Farm to document a double wedding, son and daughter of Peal (pictured) see the web gallery here

Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

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

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.


© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk
Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

See gallery here

Flashmob Canary Wharf

For for info click here

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.

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

Guardian Tear Sheet – Dale Farm Wedding

Read Guardian article here

NUJ here

Press Gazette here

BJP here

Read Independent here

Travellers’ Times here

A World to Win here

Marc Vallée Blog here


View the video of the wedding here


Listen to the audio of the police stopping me under S44 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act here


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