Friday, 22 May 2009

Freedom on the Street

I have been following with interest, and a fair amount of alarm, the case of Greek photographer Periklis Antoniou, who was arrested after taking a photo on the London Tube. The photograph, albeit of the inside of the carriage with a wide lens, included a 17 year old girl whose father complained about the photograph to the police, despite Antoniou deleting the photographs when confronted by the girl's mother. The photographer was charged with breaching Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, for causing 'public harassment, alarm or distress' to the father arising out of the picture taking. On Monday he was cleared in a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, following due to lack of evidence that the photographer had breached the Act.

Further details can be found on the Amateur Photographer site here.

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