Act of Terror – Arrested for filming police officers

When police carried out a routine stop-and-search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma Atkinson filmed the incident. She was detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. She launched a legal battle, which ended with the police settling the case in 2010. With the money from the settlement she funded the production of this animated film, which she says shows how her story and highlights police misuse of counterterrorism powers to restrict photography.

Photography is under attack. Across the country it that seems anyone with a camera is being targeted as a potential terrorist, whether amateur or professional, whether landscape, architectural or street photographer.

Not only is it 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.

This campaign is for everyone who values visual imagery, not just photographers.

We must work together now to stop this before photography becomes a part of history rather than a way of recording it.

Provided you are not a terrorist, provided you are not obstructing police carrying out their legitimate duties, you are free to take photos in public places.

One Response to “Act of Terror – Arrested for filming police officers”

  1. simontaylor Says:

    I’ve been campaigning on this for years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjS9L5BVAl8 Ignorance still continues.

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