Press photographers, the NUJ and a comedian will be holding a mass picture taking session outside Scotland Yard after concerns over the Terrorism Act 2008 continue to grow.
Many photographers fear they are at a greater risk of being stopped from taking photographs in public places because of the Counter Terrorism Act which allows for the arrest and imprisonment of someone "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism."
Photographers began to raise concerns over a new clause (58A of the 2000 Act, section 76 of the 2008 Act ) which talks about “elicits or attempts to elicit information about an individual who is or has been a member of Her Majesty’s forces, a member of any of the intelligence services, or a constable...which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. ”
Comedian Mark Thomas, documentary maker Chris Atkins, photojournalist Marc Vallee and NUJ vice-president Pete Murray will be joining photographers for the mass photo taking session which will take place on Monday 16 February – the day the act will become a law.
The event's Facebook page titled I'm a photographer...Not a terrorist says: “The plan is simple, turn up with your camera and exercise your democratic right to take a photograph in a public place. Please note that this event is not a Protest! It’s just photography! See you on the 16th folks!”
The photo taking will start at 11am outside New Scotland Yard, London.