Police put in the picture regarding photographers' rights
The intermaweb is rammed with stories about the Police going over the top in preventing photographers pursuing their hobby or career. See, if a terrorist is going to blow up a building, they'll begin by parading about outside in front of officers with a telephoto lens. No? Oh.
So it's nice to see somebody own up and admit the Police have no real right dicking about and stopping photographers in the street for bullshit reasons. The Press Gazette reports the Metropolitan Police has apologised to two photojournalists after officers prevented them from covering a protest.
The pair were covering the event outside the Greek Embassy in 2008, a reaction to the death of a young boy at the hands of the Greek police force. One photographer had his camera pulled from his face, the other had his lens covered and both were told they were not permitted to film them. The Metropolitan Police has now admitted the pair were unlawfully prevented from reporting and accepted liability for breaching their rights to freedom of expression; each was paid legal costs and damages of £3,500.
In recent years there have been countless incidents of the police preventing photographers from going about their business, where officers have misquoted the law or attempted to seize equipment. YouTube is littered with examples (such as the one below), so the ruling is an important victory for photographers.