Photographers not terrorists

William Robb warobb at
Thu Jul 8 11:45:41 EDT 2010

From: "Bob W" <pdml at>
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 8:29 AM
To: "'Pentax-Discuss Mail List'" <pdml at>
Subject: Photographers not terrorists

> Section 44 of the Terrorism Act has been used in recent years to stop &
> search people, including photographers, illegally. Today the government
> announced that it is bringing the legislation into line with the ruling of
> the European court. This means that the police can no longer use Section 
> 44
> in the way they were using it before, and can only stop & search people 
> now
> under Section 43, which requires a *reasonable suspicion* that the person 
> is
> a terrorist - taking photographs is normally unlikely to be a reasonable
> suspicion.
> This is good news for human rights in the UK, including us specifically as
> photographers, and a triumph for the people who originally brought the 
> case
> in front of the courts.
> < >
> < >
> It's still illegal under Section 72 to "elicit information about a police
> officer". They use this to try and stop people photographing cops.
> Bob

Do you think it will do some good, or will it be ignored on the streets and 
end up being same old.

William Robb 

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