Stopped – A documentary on Section 44

Pennie Quinton speaks to a rally of photographers, April 2010

Stopped is a documentary on Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

This documentary came about because of a seeming rise in the numbers of photographers being stopped under section 44 in areas of authorisation. This documentary looks into the issue, it explores why people have been stopped, and what happened. The documentary features an interview with Jeff Overs, who was stopped in London and made the Evening Standard.

It looks at the reasoning for it with David Hanson, the Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing under Labour up until the 2010 election, as well as Craig Mackey, the Chief Constable of Cumbria police, and the ACPO lead on Stop and Search.

It also features Grant Smith, an architectural photographer who has been stopped numerous times in London, Marc Vallee, a photojournalist who has documented protests, and Pennie Quinton, the photojournalist who won the European Court of Human Rights case against the UK Government.

Amateur Photographer have kept their rights watch campaign strong, both online and in the magazine, and the issue has also been featured in many different media outlets, including More 4 News and Radio 4 Law in Action, as well as the Andrew Marr show and various newspapers.

Grant Smith on More4 News:

It was written and produced by Andrew Stuart, and was made to be broadcast in the week after the general election. It premiered on Tudno FM in June 2010.

I hope you enjoy it.

Photographers gather in Trafalgar Square – Video & Pictures!

Photographers demonstrated in London yesterday, against the use of section 44 orders on photographers from the Terrorism Act 2000.

In Trafalgar Square, about 2000 photographers met up at midday to take photographs. You may have seen it on Sky News, BBC, ITN, CNN, in Amateur Photographer, in the BJP, online etc… but in case you haven’t, Google has kindly collected it all for you

The I’m a Photographer, not a Terrorist Mass Photo Gathering in Trafalgar Square, Central London attracted over 2000 photographers on the 23rd of January 2010. The video below features interviews from Chris Cheesman from Amateur Photographer Magazine, and Grant Smith, one of the organisers of the event:


I'm a photographer, not a terrorist - mass photo gathering in Trafalgar Square

I'm a photographer, not a terrorist - mass photo gathering in Trafalgar Square

23/365 - I'm a photographer, not a terrorist

More pictures on my Flickr page, and you can go the Mass Photo Gathering group here: