Some journalists feel equally annoyed at how things are in the country as protesters on demos are, but it seems that some protesters, particularly the anarchist fringe, forget that fact. More to the point, there is widespread concern among journalists about police attempts to seize source material, and the sector is widely trying to increase protection for journalists when police officers make such demands. Why? Because a democratic society and a free, independent press depends on it.
But instead of trying to understand that, and the position that journalists, are in, suddenly we get tosh like this from some real mud-heads, advocating attacks on anyone with a camera, particularly journalists.
Fortunately, I don't cover protests (my thing is renewable energy, transport and a few other relevant topics), but I sometimes, on the odd occasion, carry a camera with me when I feel sympathy towards a particular cause and there just happens to be a demo going on about it. According to the tosh this anonymous poster has written, this would make me a legitimate target for attack, or indeed, anyone attending such events as a protester with a camera.
Thankfully, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Photographers Council have both now been approached, or will be shortly, by journalists requesting a strong response to this.
However, in the meantime, anyone attending a march with a camera, be careful. It seems there are some real nutjobs out there and you need to look out for them, or more importantly, yourself.
- Robin Whitlock
- Weston Super Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
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