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The hassles of photography highlighted by BBC too!

Following on from the massive amounts of reads for this post outlining my Easter troubles in South Shields, a number of other photobloggers, journalists, professionals, and amateur photographers have been telling their tales of police suspicion when out and about with the camera.

Austin Mitchell’s EDM has now gained the signatures of 131 other MPs, and I am happy to note that they include Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn, additionally the campaign by photographers has now been picked up and featured on the front page of the BBC News website today, and a further petition has been launched on the No. 10 website which has amassed over 1600 signatures already.

I have just taken a telephone call from a BBC producer asking me to appear on the Breakfast Show tomorrow morning, but I’m afraid that at this time of night it’s all rather short notice to be jumping on trains and finding hotels – oh well. At least the campaign will get a little more publicity tomorrow.

I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the two kind gentlemen who wrote letters of support to the Editor of the Shields Gazette, it was much appreciated. It is indeed very sad that the simple acts of recording life in our town for future generations to enjoy is despoiled by the over reactions of suspicious people living their lives in fear of paedophiles or terrorists.

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Written by curly

April 17, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Posted in BBC, Law, liberty, News, politics

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  1. […] Snappy troubles […]

  2. I am so fed up of reading about my fellow photographers being abused in this way that I propose we get together and actually PROTEST. I will go wherever it takes and stand my ground. If the police want to arrest me merely for taking photographs on the street then so be it. If any jumped up security Gaurd thinks he can take my camera or images then let him TRY! Who else is up for it?

    David Solo

    May 24, 2008 at 5:54 pm

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