This statement has been sent to the chief steward for Saturday’s demonstration on our behalf and is going to be read out at the stewards meeting.
Due to the high profile nature of this Saturday’s demonstration, media workers from a wide variety of outlets and organisations will be out in large numbers.
We are keen to avoid any kind of confrontation between stewards and photographers. This has occasionally been reported in the past.
We are aware senior stewards are working with the police to intervene in situations of disorder, however stewards have no legal power to push, move or obstruct journalists recording the event.
Media workers are not part of the march, they are reporting impartially on events and should not be corralled or directed as part of the demonstration. The UK Press Card indicates a bone fide newsgatherer and should enable journalists to pass through lines of police and stewards.
If a steward feels a photographer or media worker is getting in the way or somebody objects to them recording the steward can relay this information or request, but they have no legal power or moral authority to physically move or block any recording.
Whilst we understand stewards want to ensure the safety of the marchers, their actions cannot be at the expense of the right to report freely.
As trade union members we wish the march every success and our members look forward to documenting the event with professionalism and cooperation on all sides.
London Photographers’ Branch Committee