Years of protest, pleading and negotiation by the IFJ with the Israeli authorities fell on deaf ears. Now the IFJ is determined to put a stop to the attacks against photographers, to ensure the freedom of movement of Palestinian journalists and to have its press card recognised by the Israeli authorities. NUJ London photographers pledged to join the campaign in support of their Palestinian colleagues.
The NUJ photographers also welcomed the decision by the IFJ to adopt “Journalism, and War on Terrorism” as a theme at the next World Press Freedom day in May 2011 which will coincide with the 10th anniversary of what has become to be known as war against terror. Photographers in the UK have been at the receiving end of the counter-terror legislation. Their union has been waging a fight against the misuse of these laws which have criminalised photographers.
Pictures Jess Hurd: 'Im a Photographer Not a Terrorist' protest bringing together photographers in defence of press freedom and civil liberties.