Photographers unite to defend Press Freedom

6th October, 2010

Labour Party press office stickers that were issued to TV but withdrawn from photographers after the threat of a walkout. The Labour Party had wanted to select which photographers were allowed on the floor for Ed Miliband's Leaders speech. Labour Party Conference. Manchester. Image © 2010

Labour Party press office stickers that were issued to TV but withdrawn from photographers after the threat of a walkout. The Labour Party had wanted to select which photographers were allowed on the floor for Ed Miliband's Leaders speech. Labour Party Conference. Manchester. Image © 2010

Congratulations to the photographers who stood their ground against Tate Britain’s new contract, which effectively banned ‘bad’ coverage of the gallery.

This is a real victory for press freedom and follows the backing down of the Labour Party Conference press office last week. Photographers, already accredited for the event refused to allow the Labour Party to select which individuals and agencies would be allowed to photograph the Leaders speech, and threatened to walk out.

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.

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