Monday, 13 June 2011

Press photographer arrested for taking photos in a public place

The MEN [Manchester Evening News] photographer who was arrested was covering the case at Manchester Magistrates' Court when he went to Quay Street where a fight had broken out in the streets after the hearing had ended.

He was challenged by a police officer and defended his right to take photographs of the incident, which was in a public place. But he was bundled into the back of a police car and was told he was being arrested for a breach of the peace.

Other MEN photographers were threatened with arrest if they did not delete images. They refused to remove their camera cards and no further arrests were made.

After an apparent intervention by a senior officer, our photographer was released without charge.

My comment: The officer had no right to arrest the photographer in the first place. Since when did this country become a Police state! This is the second time in the last few days that the police have wrongly arrested someone for taking photographs or filming.

Read the full story from the source Manchester Evening News Please note the article and photographs have changed on at least three occasions.

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