Bashing Photographers

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It seems that the UK is the center of anti-photographic sentiment. Indeed, with news such as this one, it’s clear that the law is stacked against shutterbugs:

A householder who took photographs of hooded teenagers as evidence of their anti-social behaviour says he was told he was breaking the law after they called the police.

David Green, 64, and his neighbours had been plagued by the youths from a nearby comprehensive school for months, and was advised by their headmaster to identify them so action could be taken.

But when Mr Green left his £1million London flat to take photographs of the gang, who were aged around 17, he said one threatened to kill him while another called the police on his mobile.

And he claimed that a Police Community Support Officer sent to the scene promptly issued a warning that taking pictures of youths without permission was illegal, and could lead to a charge of assault.

Why is it that the state and its agents are so worried about ordinary people documenting both government crimes and the potential crimes of fellow citizens? They have, after all, nothing to hide or be ashamed of, right?

2:09 pm on July 22, 2008