A new Facebook group urges you to get out and take a photo of a police officer, before it becomes illegal.
Blogger Penny Red has started the group to support the National Take a Photo of a Police Officer Day 2009. This movement is being formed to highlight the imminent change of law that could make taking photos of police officers illegal under anti-terror legislation.
Set to become law on the 16th of February in the UK, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 amends the Terrorism Act 2000 regarding offences relating to information about members of armed forces, a member of the intelligence services, or a police officer. Laws are being introduced that allow for the arrest – and fining, and imprisonment for up to ten years – of anyone who takes pictures of officers ‘likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.
The law is expected to increase the anti-terrorism powers used today by police officers to stop photographers, including press photographers, from taking pictures in public places.
We are all for Citizen Journalism here at the Daily Dust, so this seems like something you may want to investigate.
(Image by Steve Punter)