Jess Hurd

Photographer
Posts Tagged ‘police’

London Bridge Vigil

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Images available to license from: www.reportdigital.co.uk

Calais Jungle Eviction

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Jungle Camp Tear Gas

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Jungle Fires

Smoke from fires illuminates the Eritrean Church after a tear gas battle with police in the Jungle refugee camp, Calais, France. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483   info@reportdigital.co.uk   NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

Smoke from fires illuminates the Eritrean Church after a tear gas battle with police in the Jungle refugee camp, Calais, France.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk
Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483
info@reportdigital.co.uk
NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

Black Lives Matter

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Refugee Hunger Strike

Messages smuggled out of Opatovak camp written by refugees on hunger strike in the overcrowded refugee camp. Croatia. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483   info@reportdigital.co.uk   NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.

Messages smuggled out of Opatovak camp, written by refugees on hunger strike in the overcrowded refugee camp, protesting against conditions and police beatings, according to activists. Croatia.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Welcome To Hungary

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Counter Terror – Canary Wharf

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Images available to licence from: www.reportdigital.co.uk

Polling Station Police

Police officer on duty at a Tower Hamlets Polling Station. General Election. East London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Police officer on duty at a Tower Hamlets Polling Station. General Election. East London.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Human Rights Lecture

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My Life As A Domestic Extremist

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Six members of the National Union of Journalists have launched a legal challenge to have their data removed from a police ‘domestic extremist’ database and stop the state surveillance of journalists and trade unionists.I’m a freelance photographer and my colleagues in the legal challenge with me include Times journalist Jules Mattsson, freelance video-journalist Jason N. Parkinson and freelance photographers Adrian Arbib and David Hoffman. We have joined with campaigning journalist and comedian Mark Thomas, to oppose the targeted surveillance and intimidation we have faced during policing operations in a Bhatt Murphy led legal challenge.After several years of complaints we launched a campaign group I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist with NUJ-funded films Collateral Damage and Hostile Reconnaissance which exposed what was happening on the ground, including increased violence towards the press. The routine abuse of s44 Terrorism Act stop and search powers was made unlawful after a vibrant, photographer led campaign and a European Court challenge.

This secret state surveillance has been going on for a long time but now we get the chance to examine our files via Subject Access Data Protection (DPA) requests we find that nearly 15 years of information has been logged (of the information that they have allowed us to see), from ridiculous notes identifying me as always wearing ‘Joe 90-style’ spectacles, to more sinister records about our involvement in trade union activities, sexual orientation and even a family member’s medical history.

We are all accredited journalists yet we find ourselves sharing a police database with other, mostly unknowing UK citizens who have had information gathered on them in the apparent interests of policing an ill-defined and opaque concept: ‘domestic extremism’.

It is hard to see how this can be about policing domestic extremism – it appears to be about criminalising dissent and those who would document it. From Orgreave through to Occupy, the right to democratically protest, and the right to report upon it, is being eroded. Our access to justice via legal aid is being cut and the journalists who shine a light on the crimes of the state and corporations are being targeted. It is not just about intimidation and surveillance – it is about the sinister way information can be shared and impact on our lives as we have seen with corporate blacklisting.

I am proud to stand alongside my NUJ colleagues in this legal challenge which aims to hold the police and Home Secretary to account for their activities. We welcome support from the labour movement in our demand to end the state surveillance of journalists and all those lawfully exercising their democratic and human rights.

Frances O’Grady is supporting the campaign and recently spoke at an NUJ event about mass surveillance. She said:

“There is growing concern that the authorities are using surveillance against union members, journalists and campaigners. Political policing has no place in a democratic society, it threatens press freedom and any unjustified conduct must stop.”

 

How to find out if you are a Domestic Extremist
News Coverage
National Union of Journalists press release – including full statements
Guardian: Police Face Legal Action For Snooping on Journalists
Associated Press: UK Police Spied on Reporters For Years
Independent: Comedian Mark Thomas to Sue Met Police Over Snooping
BBC: Journalists Demand Police Destroy Surveillance Files
The Times: Journalists Take Police To Court Over secret Data
Press Gazette: Six Journalists Sue Met Police Over Surveillance…
Belfast Telegraph: Journalsits Sue “Snooping” Police
Comment
Press Gazette: Jules Mattsson – My Files Include Sexual Orientation & Family Medical History
Guardian: Jason N. Parkinson: When Police Spy on Journalists Like Me

Redacted – excerpts from the Domestic Extremist Database

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Jess Hurd and Jason N. Parkinson with their work – ‘Redacted’ – We Could Not Agree, Q Park, Cavendish Square. London. © Tracey Moberly

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‘Redacted’ – a collaborative work by Jess Hurd and Jason N. Parkinson exhibited at We Could Not Agree, Q Park, Cavendish Square. London.

Redacted – excerpts from the Domestic Extremist Database

– a collaborative work by photojournalist Jess Hurd & her partner in crime, video-journalist Jason N. Parkinson shown publicly for the first time at the We Could Not Agree exhibition Q Park, Cavendish Square.

Jason Parkinson and Jess Hurd are well respected, professional, NUJ accredited journalists yet they find themselves sharing a police database with other, mostly unknowing UK citizens who have had information gathered on them in the interest of ‘national security’.

These include activists, journalists, comedians, politicians and other ‘subversives’.

This sinister, secret state surveillance has been going on a long time, but now we get the chance to examine our files, well the sections that the police allow us to look at – we suspect large swathes are redacted.

Often people say “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, but what if inaccurate, subjective, bias builds up a profile of you that is shared with other agencies, you are targeted whilst working, singled out, even blacklisted and assaulted.

This has happened and will continue to happen unless it is challenged.

Secret police, covert surveillance, secret courts, we are not creeping towards a police state, we have arrived.

© Jess Hurd/Jason N. Parkinson

Image with the kind permission of artist/curator Tracey Moberly

We Could Not Agree – Exhibition Invite

 

Next week sees the opening of We Could Not Agree

Myself and video journalist Jason N. Parkinson are exhibiting a piece called:

 REDACTED – excerpts from the Domestic Extremist Database – (UPDATE)

– a collaborative work of previously unseen content from our secret police files.

Please do come along!

Thanks to our fabulous friend, artist/photographer Tracey Moberly who is one of the shows curators.

 

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Lawyers Occupy Istanbul Court

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Relatives and friends gather outside the Central Criminal Court where lawyers staged an overnight occupation to demand due process for the 171 detained May Day protesters. Lawyers claim their clients have been beaten and denied food and water. Istanbul Turkey.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

 

Mayday Istanbul

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Turkish police form a ring of steel around Tazim Square to prevent May Day marches. Istanbul, Turkey.

Images available to licence from © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Banksy Phone Tapping

jj1403145Banksy phone tapping graffiti. Poplar, East London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk 

Lampedusa in Hamburg

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Rote Flora alternative cultural centre, was the site of police raids in the summer of 2013, a part of a clampdown on immigrants in Hamburg. The refugees, mostly from Ghana, were formerly working in Libya but fled the war and were detained on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Thrown out of Italy they ended up homeless in Hamburg, where they were reportedly hounded by the German police. Now they have been given refuge by the local church of St Pauli, where they still live in containers on church grounds.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

For more images including the “Danger Zone” protests in Hamburg please visit www.reportdigital.co.uk

BNP Westminster

Anti fascists block the road outside Parliament to prevent the British National Party from marching to the Cenataph after they were banned from marching in Woolwich, where soldier Lee Rigby was murdered. Westminster.

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© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

International Day Against Police Brutality

To mark the International Day Against Police Brutality I have been commissioned to produce a slideshow for an all day event at SOAS today.

The images cover deaths in police custody and brutal assaults by the police on anti capitalist protests, anti war, green protests globally from the last decade or so, please view with caution.

You can view ‘highlights’ from the slideshow here.

Image – Carlo Giuliani 23, shot dead by Italian police. Genoa G8 summit 2001.

© Jess Hurd / reportdigital.co.uk

Images are available to licence from www.reportdigital.co.uk

 

Spanish Miners Mountain Battle

Miners win running battles with police in Cinera after they have blocked the mountain road. The miners have been on strike since the government announced cuts to mining subsidies due to austerity cuts which will mean an end to mining. Leon, Northern Spain.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

See web gallery here

See video here

More images and video can be licensed at www.reportdigital.co.uk

 

Welcome to Operation Trafalgar

Mobile police watch tower. Operation Trafalgar launches in London’s West End. Increased, visible policing is designed to tackle crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. Piccadilly Circus.

See slideshow here

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

UK Uncut pensioner manhandled

Police carry away UK Uncut protesters who block the road outside the House of Lords against the NHS Bill. Steve Bell, Guardian cartoon placard and Cameron Betrays NHS.Westminster, London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

More images available to license from www.reportdigital.co.uk

Tottenham Riots

Violence erupts in Tottenham after a protest demanding justice following a fatal police shooting. Riot police clashed with hundreds of demonstrators after Mark Duggan, 29, a father of four, was killed. North London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Riot images from across London available to license from: www.reportdigital.co.uk

See slideshow here

Read No Refuge Between Bricks and Batons commissioned by the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma.

Listen to Reporting the Riots podcast from the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

See Jason N. Parkinson’s Guardian video’s here Tottenham video footage here and Hackney video footage here

News of The World

Ian Bone of Class War tries to give a policeman a bribe on a protest outside News International calling for Rebekah Brooks and Murdoch to be arrested for the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Wapping, London.

© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


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