Archive for August, 2011

Met Police Line for Notting Hill

25th August, 2011

The Metropolitan Police Press Bureau will have a helpline operating for photographers and other lens-based journalists who experience difficulties with police officers while covering the Notting Hill Carnival.

The number is 07917 556824.

The Government’s Reply to Hargreaves

23rd August, 2011

The government’s reply to the Hargreaves Review on Intellectual Property accepts its main conclusions. Hargreaves was instructed to focus narrowly on the economics of IP and economic growth, and he did ( mostly ) as he was told. So it is no surprise that he has completely ignored demands for the full implementation of moral rights in UK law. The most important of which, for photographers, is the right to our names by our pictures. This omission however does not square with his principal economic innovation, the Digital Copyright Exchange, where ” ownership information is clearly a prerequisite for the marketplace “. Or to put it another way, moral rights are an essential precondition for developing the IP economy. Joined up thinking requires moral rights legislation, now.

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Riot/Public Order Tip Sheet

15th August, 2011
Riot/Public Order Tip Sheet
Always question whether the picture is worth the danger to yourself and others. Remember your and your colleagues’ safety is worth more than a picture.
Does your insurance cover you for riot/ public order?
Consider hostile environment/ first aid training
Are you physically fit? Do you have an illness that could be aggravated by the situation?
Avoid going alone. Check the whereabouts of other photographers when you arrive. Try to stick together
If you must go alone, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back
Follow the developing story. Be aware of the individuals and groups involved
Take protective gear, for example helmet/ goggles/ ear plugs/ stab vest etc
Wear sturdy shoes. Boots not trainers
Consider wearing natural fibres. Jeans are more fire retardant than synthetic clothing
Take a first aid kit, including dressings and anti burn
Carry extra CF/SD cards. Switch and hide cards if necessary
Phone signals may get blocked. Take a map
Keep a hard copy of emergency numbers, including NUJ and Thompson solicitors emergency phone no: 0800 587 7530
Be Safe
Think carefully about where to park. Your car may become a focus of rioting
Carry minimum kit. Keep gear hidden in a bag or under clothing until you have established the threat to photographers
Always have an exit strategy. Think about how to leave a situation
Be aware of potential weapons. Keep moving if the situation gets tense
Don’t draw attention to yourself by using flash etc
Position yourself upwind if its possible tear gas will be used
Make sure your press card is to hand but not visible
Be aware of public order laws and police guidelines for dealing with the press
Be trauma aware, you may have a reaction to the events you witness
© London Photographers’ Branch

Journalists Not Evidence Gatherers

15th August, 2011

7th August 2011. Police Evidence Gathering Team in Tottenham during disorder. © Jules Mattsson/LNP

The disorder that swept England recently has calmed, leaving untold destruction, injury and a number of deaths in it’s wake. Lens-based journalists are often in the frontline of these situations to report, receiving aggression from all sides.

Already a number of photographers have been injured and mugged while covering disturbances, radio cars burnt and TV networks have had to pull their crews out of entire areas. The risk to media workers in this sort of situation is massive, especially to those who have to work with visible equipment.

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Reporting the riots: did we get it right?

15th August, 2011

The NUJ meeting on Thursday evening in London will discuss the good, bad and ugly sides of the coverage, and the challenge for journalists posed by mass social unrest.

NUJ meeting: Reporting the riots: did we get it right?

Thursday 18 August at 7pm

NUJ Headland House, London

Speakers include:

Paul Lewis, special projects editor, The Guardian

– Hal Austin, editor, Financial Adviser magazine, and freelance reporter on the 1981 Brixton riots for the News of the World

– Tony Evans, football editor, The Times

Carmen Valino, Photographer

– Gary MacFarlane, Tottenham journalist and eyewitness to the riots

To reserve a place at the event please email:

Security Guards – Home Office Meeting Report

4th August, 2011

On Friday 15 July LPB and other photography groups attended a meeting with the Home Office and senior police officers from counter terrorism to discuss guidance for security guards and how effective communication could be established between security industry and photographers. Read the rest of this entry »