Metro comes out fighting for photographers’ rights
I was genuinely impressed this morning with the Metro’s double-page spread about photographers’ rights. I love to see papers campaigning on issues of civil liberties and freedom, and I was particularly impressed with the fact that Metro produced a simple layman’s terms explanation of photographers rights in a cut-out-and-keep format. You can find the online version of Etan Smallman’s report here - “It’s enough to make you snap”. They don’t seem to have made the advice available in anything other than a jpg though, so I’ve written it out below.
Metro advice for photographers
- Challenge it! Ask under what law you are being stopped. As long as you are on public land you are allowed to take as many pictures as you like.
- If you can, record or film the incident on your mobile phone.
- Take down the details of the officer or guard approaching you so you can make an official complaint afterwards.
- The police cannot stop you unless they ‘reasonably suspect you of being a terrorist’ and cannot seize any equipment or photos unless it contains something which ‘the officer reasonably suspects may constitute evidence that the person is a terrorist’. If they do, they must provide paperwork detailing what has been taken.
- Under no circumstances can any photos or footage be deleted during a search.