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Oppressed snappers focus on police in London and Chatham

John Ozimek
The Register [1]
Friday, August 14, 2009

Relations between police and photographers, already at an all-time low, look set to worsen this week as activists set up a new national campaign group to protect photography, and protesters get ready to take to the streets in Chatham.

The national campaign launched last Saturday in the Foundry pub in East London, with more than 200 photographers showing their support for a new photographers’ rights website by being snapped holding up a placard saying “I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist!”

Although the campaign is skewed very much toward professional photographers, it claims that it is the rights of all photographers that are currently under attack. According to the site: “Not only is [this attack] corrosive of press freedom but creation of the collective visual history of our country is extinguished by anti-terrorist legislation designed to protect the heritage it prevents us recording.”

It goes on: “This campaign is for everyone who values visual imagery, not only photographers.”

Full article here [1]