I’m the first to complain about the harassment of journalists and photographers who’re simply doing what they do. And I’m the first to blow a gasket when an ill-trained police official abuses his or her power and stomps all over a citizen’s (nevermind a photojournalist’s) right to make images in public places.
However. In fairness, I need to stand by my principles and tell you that I was pleasantly impressed by the restraint and the non-interference (with my image-making) of a number of police officials who I photographed at length during an incident in Sydney on Friday.
I was covering the story of Australia’s mysterious “No Fly List” incident involving Julian Assange and Wikileaks’ lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, who had been prevented from boarding her flight at Heathrow (see the story here : http://tinyurl.com/brxwrwp). Protesters infiltrated the Commonwealth Law Conference, with delegates from all over the world, and with Australia’s Federal Attorney General and other VIPs present – and after they were ejected the Police arrived. I photographed them at length at close range, but without being completely “in their faces,” and they didn’t bat an eyelid. Oh, they were slightly camera shy, but not much. Very professional. Very correct. And an example to other police officials everywhere.
Dr Chris Westinghouse
2012-04-21 12:57:36 UTC