Photography and freedom

(January 22, 2010 – Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe)

Over the weekend there was a demonstration in Trafalgar Square at the the use of stop and search powers under the terrorism act.  I briefly blogged about the problem a few weeks ago, when looking at the power of the still image. Hopefully public pressure will result in a more sensible use of the powers the police have at their disposal, which were never intended to stop people taking photos.

Since my last blog the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Section 44 of the 2000 Terrorism Act (the relevant bit of legislation) is illegal, as it is indiscriminate.  The government is appealing.  Obviously.

Congratulations have to go to Oli Scarff, from Getty, for the photo above.  In a square mile more densely packed with cameras and photographers than probably anywhere in history, it was his shot that made it to the front pages!

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