Taking Action ... I'm a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! vs UK Government

Protesters: I'm a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! Target: UK Government Location: Trafalgar Square Date: 23 January

Photographers: protest in London
Photographers: protest in London

 

The lowdown

More than 2,000 photographers held a 'mass photo gathering' in Trafalgar Square in protest at anti-terrorist laws being used to arrest photographers.

Why the protest?

A number of photographers have been detained under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act. These included detention by seven police of an award-winning architectural photographer. The group believes Britain's visual history is under threat of extinction and they are being unfairly targeted. One of the campaign group's founders Jonathan Warren told CNN: 'We're coming together to show solidarity and to show we won't be intimidated.'

How did the Government respond?

The Home Office told Amateur Photographer magazine that, despite the protest, police would retain their powers. A spokesman said: 'Stop and Search under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is an important tool in a package of measures in the ongoing fight against terrorism.'

How did the media cover it?

The protest secured national coverage from The Mail on Sunday, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. CNN International, Euronews and Radio New Zealand added international coverage to the mix. BBC News and Sky News also covered the protest, including links to video clips in their online stories.

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