The following motion was passed unanimously by the London Photographers’ Branch on Tuesday 30 October 2012.
“The London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) wishes to send a message of solidarity to broadcasters in Northern Ireland who are fighting a court order seeking all footage over violent clashes in North Belfast this summer.
The BBC, Ulster TV, Sky News and the Press Association have joined forces in resisting the application that seeks all unbroadcast material and photographs taken during the 12 July disorder in the Ardoyne area.
LPB knows all too well the damage that is inflicted on a free press forced to become the eyes and ears of the police. Forcing the media to be police intelligence only leads to increased attacks on frontline journalists trying to accurately report all sides of conflict.
LPB condemns this wide-ranging trawl for intelligence and commends the actions of those broadcasters standing up to oppose this attack on a free and independent press.”
Proposed by Jason N. Parkinson Seconded by Jess Hurd