11 December 2009

British Authorities Continue to Harass Photographers (some more)

This story in The Guardian (especially the video) is pretty amazing. Arbitrary reports from private rent-a-cops are enough to get you stopped and interrogated on the streets of London - for taking pictures. Of course, the photographer apparently has no ground to respond that he suspects the rent-a-cops of infringing on his rights for no reason whatsoever. I've posted on this theme numerous times in the past. Two things are important here. First, as I've noted here before, even security experts find the linkage of terrorism and photography dubious, at best. Second, to the best of my understanding the section of the Terrorism Act to which the fine officers refer does not require the photographer to provide them with any information. (Hence making the threat of being arrested for obstruction way out of line.).
Update: There is a follow up from The Guardian here.

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Blogger stanley said...

It's very sad to see how increasingly pervasive legislatively endorsed state paranoia has become. And how meekly it has been accepted on the broadest of grounds: fear of an unspecified attacker. I'm reading AC Grayling's "Liberty in The Age of Terror" and he continually makes the central and relevant point that valuable liberties carry worthwhile risks. It seems, on the face on the recent legislative agenda, that these are risks were are no longer willing to defend, and fears to which we are all too willing to accede.

Thanks for continuing to post on this.

12 December, 2009 11:07  

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