Jess Hurd

Photographer
surveillance

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

Domestic Extremist

May day demonstration at Bank. Organised by Space Hijackers. London 2009.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


See Mark Thomas Guardian article on the civil liberties and the police secret database here


Read For Police Eyes Only blog piece on the Guardian Domestic Extremist story here


Our reputation on surveillance also extends to the New York Times here

The Panoptical Cloaking Device

Students on a trip from the University of Amsterdam use the Paracamera, a panoptical cloaking device to sheild them from surveillance cameras in the CCTV capital of Europe. London.


© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

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.


Big Brother


Not that I am paranoid or anything but I found this man fitting a CCTV camera outside my front door..


Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

Guardian speaks to Jess Hurd and Jason Parkinson about surveillance here

Police target journalists, Guardian video here
Politicised prying, Guardian article here

Police Apology, Guardian article here

Voyeur

Thought this sticker was great, I do so hate being tracked by Oyster around London.


Enjoy the freedom of the City indeed.


Image available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

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