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The Police State

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Rights in the UK are being eroded slowly but surely and a big impact has been felt by those wishing to film or take photographs in public places. It is entirely legal to take photographs or film in any public place in Britain. It is also a legal right not to provide details of your identity or intentions unless you are arrested, and you can only be arrested if suspected of a crime.

With that in mind I encourage everyone to watch the videos and read the articles in the following two links.

In the first is a journalist who had the sole intention of exposing the abuse of the rights granted a photographer in the capital. He is undoubtedly uncooperative and some might say downright rude. When watching the clip I encourage you to remember that the police are there to enforce the law of the land, not to enforce polite behaviour. The police behaviour is despicable.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/11/snapshot-special-branch-terror-suspect

In this second link we see the recordings of an Italian student. Not a journalist and not intending to be provocative at all this again demonstrates the abuse of police powers now becoming commonplace which impacts upon all those wishing to film or photograph in public, an entirely legal activity.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/15/italian-student-police-arrest-filming

On a different note, it snowed today, so I’m off to capture some nice images and will post them up later.

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Written by James

December 18, 2009 at 10:07 am

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  1. To read a forum thread discussing the first of these articles visit http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=186169

    I post as Squawk. You will note my concern for the erosion of liberties and the casual way in which most posters accept it.

    James

    December 18, 2009 at 10:09 am


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