NUJ General Secretary demonstrates outside Scotland yard over Police harrassment of photographers and cameramen. 28/3/08

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NUJ General Secretary demonstrates outside Scotland yard over Police harrassment of photographers and cameramen. The press release from the NUJ read as follows:.Photographers' rights protest at Scotland Yard..NUJ General Secretary, Jeremy Dear, will tomorrow (28/03) stage a .one-man protest outside the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police to .highlight the failure of law enforcement officers to protect media. freedoms...The union is frustrated that a large number of its photographer members. .continue to be regularly obstructed from doing their jobs by police .officers who don?t understand the law around media freedom. The one-man. .protest will aim to help senior police officers spot the difference .between a protester and photographers covering the protest...Last year a set of guidelines on dealing with the media was agreed .between the NUJ and the Association of Chief Police Officers, an .extension of guidelines already agreed with the Metropolitan Police. .However, cases have continued to surface of police officers taking .action that is not within their legal powers. Most cases involve .officers obstructing photographers from taking photos and the .confiscation or deletion of pictures once they have been taken...There are also examples of journalists being arrested, or threatened .with arrest, because they have refused to stop taking photos and in .other cases photographers have had their equipment seized. Many NUJ .members have reported being physically and mentally intimidated by the .police and some cases have included actual physical violence...Photographers regularly criticise the police for their handling of the .media at major events, particularly public demonstrations where. officers .often fail to draw a sufficient distinction between protestors and .members of the press who are reporting on the event...Jeremy Dear will deliver a letter to New Scotland Yard highlighting the. .union?s concerns and will stage his protest to help demonstrate the .diffe
NUJ General Secretary demonstrates outside Scotland yard over Police harrassment of photographers and cameramen. The press release from the NUJ read as follows:.Photographers' rights protest at Scotland Yard..NUJ General Secretary, Jeremy Dear, will tomorrow (28/03) stage a .one-man protest outside the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police to .highlight the failure of law enforcement officers to protect media. freedoms...The union is frustrated that a large number of its photographer...
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