Plan: meet at 12 noon and start taking pictures. Bring as many cameras as you can, bring crappy disposables, bring SLRs, bring two cameraphones. Take pictures of people, big ben, cctv or whatever you like. Take as many pictures as you can. This event is being organised as a response to the recent wave of harassment of photographers in public places by misguided police officers and security guards, such as in this news article - http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2008/04/26/a-snapper-a-security-guard-and-16-000-plus-internet-hits-84229-20824364/ and the fact that suspicion and paranoia is being encouraged by our capital's police force, as visible in these news articles -
Under sections 132-138 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, protests are illegal within an area with a radius of up to 1 kilometre from parliament, but this is not a protest. We are merely exercising our rights to take photographs in a public place, which (for now) is legal.
Also, please take the time to sign this petition to clarify the law regarding photography in public, currently with over four thousand signatures. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/photographylaw/
Official Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=14908910237
Added by Tom Oakley on May 28, 2008