Tuesday 26th October, 6pm at Headland House.
At this month’s branch meeting we will have an expert panel talking about whether the ConDem government will defend photographer rights over the next five years. Speakers will talk about the subject from their area of expertise before the discussion is opened to the floor.
- Chez Cotton – Head of Action Against the Police at Bindmans Solicitors & a co-ordinator of the Police Action Lawyers Group.
- Jeremy Dear – General Secretary, National Union of Journalists.
- Grant Smith – Award-winning architectural photographer and one of the organisers of the ‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist‘ campaign group.
- Anna Mazzola – Solictor at Hickman & Rose specialising in public law (judicial review); human rights; actions against the police and other detaining authorities; and information and data protection law.
- Andrew Testa – Award-winning protest and conflict photographer.
Any motions to the branch should be sent to the branch secretary prior to the meeting.
When the police act outside the law and attack human rights and media freedoms by physically attacking media workers then the police should be held to account for such actions. It seems that Sir Paul Stephenson has other ideas.
Leicestershire Police revealed they will be issuing their own press card/badges for the English Defence League (EDL) on Saturday 9 October.
Congratulations to the photographers who stood their ground against Tate Britain’s new contract, which effectively banned ‘bad’ coverage of the gallery. Photographers are fed up of being pushed around, all we ask for is the ability to do our jobs without negative interference from press officers, police officers or security guards.
At last the branch meeting video journalist and branch committee member Jason Parkinson spoke about his trip to the Gulf of Mexico to document the environmental disaster following the leak from the Deepwater Horizon oil well.
That will be the question under discussion at a seminar organised by the NUJ at the House of Commons on Thursday, 28 October. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and anyone interested should contact John Toner.
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