police_poster.jpgA photographer from a Birmingham-based photographic agency has raised a complaint with West Midlands Police following an incident in which he says a police officer forced him to delete images from his memory card. The website for Editorial Photographers in the UK and Ireland reports that Lawrence Looi, who has been a staff photographer with a news agency for the last three years, was covering a protest on public roads outside the International Conference Centre in Birmingham on Thursday morning when he was approached by a police constable who held Looi by the upper arm and asked him to delete any photographs that had been taken of police officers. The officer also asked Looi to identify himself, but refused an offer to see Looi’s NPA-issued National Press Card.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the UK has decided to stage a protest outside New Scotland Yard in a fight for photographers’ rights, sparked by both incidents such as that above, whcih are becoming more common, and the police’s recent anti-terror publicity campaign which I’ve reported on previously.

Links to both articles are below:

Birmingham police officer ‘forced press photographer to delete images’ [EPUK] Photography protest looms at Scotland Yard [Amateur Photographer]