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Protecting the rights of photographers in Wales

Please Click on the link below to sign the petition.

http://www.activism.com/en_GB/petition/protecting-the-rights-of-photographers-in-wales/40853http://www.activism.com/en_GB/petition/protecting-the-rights-of-photographers-in-wales/40853

My attention was drawn to a recent article published on Amateur Photographer’s website by my Facebook friend Rob Jones. 

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/photo-news/539341/council-we-have-right-to-question-all-photographers

A local photographer was harassed by a council official in Merthyr Tydfil while he was attempting to take photographs at the council organised Christmas Festival.

It seems the councils ‘Corporate Media Department’, had recently published an internal policy which attempts to curtail the activity of all photography at these events, even though they are held in public areas i.e The streets of Merthyr Tydfil.

This flies in the face of U.K law which protects the rights of photographers to capture images in public places, and seems to be indicative of many councils, who seem to believe that they have the right to accost and harass photographers going about their legal business, and that their internal policy writers have the power to set a precedence over U.K law.

This policy and the subsequent action of the council employee who accosted the photographer, again highlights the heavy-handed and authoritarian attitude of many councils throughout the U.K

I strongly believe as citizens of the U.K we are morally bound to protest against this behaviour and I ask that you sign this petition to help stamp out this draconian behaviour of councils throughout the U.K

Thank You,
Randell John

Please click on the link below to sign the petition.

http://www.activism.com/en_GB/petition/protecting-the-rights-of-photographers-in-wales/40853http://www.activism.com/en_GB/petition/protecting-the-rights-of-photographers-in-wales/40853

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