The meeting was hosted by Photo-Forum and was chaired by Jess Hurd. The evening was introduced by photographer Peter Macdiarmid, with solicitor Anna Mazzola (Hickman and Rose Solicitors) and photographer Andrew Wiard.
The first film, Know Your Rights, on terrorism legislation features Anna Mazzola and Peter Macdiarmid.
The second film, The UK Press Card: Past, Present and Future, features Andrew Wiard, freelance photographer, who speaks about the history and the future of the press card.
Photo-Forum is organised by NUJ photographers as a place for working photographers across the spectrum to bring images, ideas, photo stories, approaches and work in progress for supportive debate and criticism. It runs monthly on the second Thursday of the month in Central London.
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Monday 16 February 2009: Hundreds of photographers and journalists gathered outside New Scotland Yard in London in a media event to draw attention to the introduction of the new 2008 Counter Terrorism Act, specifically Section 76 that makes it a criminal offence to release information on armed service personnel and the police.Concerns by journalists and amateur photographers are the use of existing terror laws, such as Section 44 stop-and-search, have been used to curb public photography and with the introduction of Section 76 things will only get worse, leading to further restrictions on the press covering political protest and public order incidents.So far the Home Office has given no assurances that this law will not be used against journalists.
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