Jess Hurd

Photographer
terrorist

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

National Photography Symposium

Presented by Redeye

From 6pm on 19th June to 2:30 pm on 21st June 2009
Location: Chetham’s Library, Manchester, M3 1SB

Amongst many other events throughout the weekend I will be speaking on this panel:

Photographers, the police, security and privacy. Will anti-terror laws and paranoia kill off street photography? Are we seeing a change in the public’s attitude to being photographed, and how restrictive could the law get? Diane Smyth (BJP), Jess Hurd, David Hoffman and Andrew Wiard.

For booking information click here

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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

‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist’ – Exhibition


‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist’

Opens at the Foundry
Wednesday 18th February till 1st March 
From 7pm – On the Stairwell 
With drinks and debates on the issues  

Stand Up For Journalism

The Foundry is at 86 Great Eastern Street London EC2A 3JL
Old Street tube (exit3)



I’m A Photographer …Not a Terrorist


Seeing as the police don’t seem to recognise the legitimacy of press card these days. We thought we would make our status clear with our own badge..


We have seen artists arrested under the terrorism legislation.
A local historian stopped and searched for photographing a plaque on a bench.

I was also detained by police in the London Docklands before Christmas whilst covering a traveller wedding and accused of doing ‘hostile reconnaissance’. Read the Guardian and other related articles here


Enough is Enough.

Monday 16th February 2009 will see the enforcement of Section 76 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008. As the British Journal of Photography (BJP) wrote last month,

“The relationship between photographers and police could worsen next month when new laws are introduced that allow for the arrest – and imprisonment – of anyone who takes pictures of officers ‘likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.”

Read the full BJP article here

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has teamed up with Mark Thomas (writer, broadcaster, comic and political activist), Chris Atkins (the BAFTA nominated director and writer of the feature film documentary Taking Liberties), and many more for a “media event” outside New Scotland Yard on Monday 16 February 2009. The plan is simple, turn up with your camera and exercise your democratic right to take a photograph in a public place.


More info about the background to this “media event” visit the NUJ
here

Please note: This is NOT a Protest!

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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