Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Do you live in a climate of fear?

I mentioned Marc Vallee in the last post; now he and the NUJ has produced a film about the assaults, intimidation, spying and the general targeting that we UK photojournalists are being subjected to by the police on a daily basis.

What's most worrying is that the plod on the street simply doesn't seem to care if he breaks the law or not. Removing the offending journalist seems to be the task at hand at any public event nowadays - not securing the public or ensuring people's right to protest and for us to document it. Climate of fear? Yes - fear of fascism.

I know that there are many countries in which the situation is a lot worse, but for a country that tries to promote democracy and freedom around the world, it certainly doesn't look good.

The map above is from Reporters without Borders, click the image to see a larger version.

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