Got a camera? Be scared.

Tucked away inside today’s thelondonpaper rush hour freebie, this nano-article:

Photographers at risk from law

Taking photos of police officers could be deemed a criminal offence under anti-terror legislation that comes into force next week

Does that make your blood run cold? It does mine.

I took a pic of a police security tabloid pantomine with a metal detector in a tube station a while back, and put it on line:

Under this new legislation, I could probably get banged up for taking this picture, if that proved convenient to the police/and or home secretary.

I am really beginning to hate this government. Jaquie Smith, Jack Straw and the dreary rest of them. I actually wonder if they understand what they are doing. Is it possible to construct the apparatus of a totalitarian state, without being aware of it?

The sooner they get chucked out, the better.

Soon come.

3 Comments so far

  1. jusco on February 13th, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    I read a lot of British photography magazines and it seems like photographers are getting hit especially hard when it comes to taking photos in public places.
    I think this is absolutely ridiculous and I completely agree with you that this seems a lot like the groundwork for a totalitarian state.

  2. Fabulous Ruby (lon_vikki) on February 13th, 2009 @ 12:38 pm


    Agreed, totally.

    Paddy, I hope you dont mind but at somepoint I am going to cross post you on this, as I think we have to stop it if we still cam.

    For now though People, there is a petition, a protest and a facebook group.

    Its small but it is a start, I for one have been actively taking pictures of every copper, cop car and police station I have seen, as is my right. This is not 1984, and I for one am not standing for this shit.

  3. Nice :D | London Metblogs (pingback) on February 23rd, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

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