Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Photography in public places

Austin Mitchell has tabled an Early Day Motion concerning attempts to restrict lawful photography in public places in the UK. Please email or write to your MP (your MP can be found using your postcode here) asking him or her to support the motion.

The text of the motion is:

"That this House is concerned to encourage the spread and enjoyment of photography as the most genuine and accessible people's art; deplores the apparent increase in the number of reported incidents in which the police, police community support officers (PCSOs) or wardens attempt to stop street photography and order the deletion of photographs or the confiscation of cards, cameras or film on various specious ground such as claims that some public buildings are strategic or sensitive, that children and adults can only be photographed with their written permission, that photographs of police and PCSOs are illegal, or that photographs may be used by terrorists; points out that photography in public places and streets is not only enjoyable but perfectly legal; regrets all such efforts to stop, discourage or inhibit amateur photographers taking pictures in public places, many of which are in any case festooned with closed circuit television cameras; and urges the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers to agree on a photography code for the information of officers on the ground, setting out the public's right to photograph public places thus allowing photographers to enjoy their hobby without officious interference or unjustified suspicion."

1 Comments:

Blogger Nick Gregan said...

When do we say enough is enough and out rights as free people and as photographers are being hindered by often under informed Police and Community Support Officers, who have read a brief but have no understanding of hoe to apply common sense and rational judgement. Why build a beautiful city and stop people from enjoying it, the next step will be to restrict people from actually looking for more than a few seconds 'just in case they can remember the details' http://www.nickgregan.com

21 July 2012 at 20:46:00 BST  

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