Blog of the Week: I’m a Photographer; Not a Terrorist
Halt! You Cannot Take a Photo!
We live in a world where law enforcement officers constantly scrutinise anyone who looks vaguely suspicious. Anyone with a camera, making pictures of monument or of residential structures may be targeted as being a potential terrorist. You may have been prevented from taking a photograph or found yourself incensed on being disallowed from taking pictures. But at such times, photographers just go along with what the officials say and are left wondering about their rights.
To deal with this, a campaign called I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist, has been started by a group of concerned individuals in the UK. It aims to inform photographers about their rights and agitate against numerous photographic restrictions. The blog documents the problems faced by British photographers. The site has a pamphlet called the ‘Bust Card’ which informs photographers about their rights and laws under which photography may be restricted in the UK.
In an environment strife with fear, there is a dire need for such an initiative to grow into a worldwide campaign to support the freedom of the press.