Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How wedding photos got mistaken for terrorist activity

A quite remarkable story via Press Gazette

The NUJ has accused the police of abusing its stop and search powers after a photographer was detained for 45 minutes whilst she was covering a wedding in London Docklands.
Jess Hurd was taking photos of a traveller wedding last Wednesday - on UN Human Rights Day - for a long term documentary project on the persecution of travellers when she had her camera taken from her and was detained under section 44 of the Terrorism Act.
The section covers those thought to be “carrying out hostile reconnaissance for a terrorist assault”. Hurd was spotted by police outside the reception venue at Ramada Docklands last Wednesday taking photos and recording video. Her photos appeared in Saturday's Guardian.

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