International backing for photographers

THE INTERNATIONAL Federation of Journalists backed the Photojournalists' Fight Back against Arbitrary Ban in London.

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Phog flashmob: around 50 photographers marked World Press Freedom Day (5 May) with an "I'm a Photographer, Not a Terrorist" (PHNAT) flashmob outside London's City Hall to denounce arbitrary restrictions on their work in a city where private security guards enforce bans on photography in many public spaces. The organisers delivered a letter to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, demanding action on creeping restrictions on press freedom.

PHNAT is holding a pamphlet launch party on Tuesday 14 June: see

London based photographers staged a "flashmob" outside London's City Hall on 5 May, World Press Freedom Day, to denounce arbitrary restrictions on their work in city where banning of photography in many public spaces is enforced by private security guards.

The event was organised by the "I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist" campaign, with the support of the National Union of Journalists in England Ireland (NUJ) and its London Photographers' Branch.

"The ban on photography is an arbitrary measure which frustrates photojournalists' work and our colleagues are rightly dismayed that it is still in place," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "The event in London was a powerful message to the authorities to change course and lift all unnecessary restrictions on media work."

Around 50 photographers attended the event to highlight the ban's adverse impact on photographers' work in many public places across the city. They took pictures in areas where police still claim powers to prevent photograhy. The organisers also delivered a letter to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, demanding action on creeping restrictions of press freedom in the capital.

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