Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Get yourself a record - New Statesman article on police databases

These officers from the Metropolitan Police Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) apparently either didn't spot me or didn't bother to record my presence at the demo I was covering at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre near Heathrow on 8 April 2004. Or so the Met's Crimint database would suggest. (Follow link to article below.)

Photo: copyright Matt Salusbury

"Get Yourself A Record" - my article in the New Statesman abhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifout data gathered about me by the Metropolitan Police Forward Intelligence Team and held on the Met's Crimint database is now online here

Since then I've got a reply from the Met's Subject Access Office (partly) "rectifying" an incorrect record of a non-existent arrest following my "legal challenge." Watch this space for details.

There's a related Panorama documentary on police surveillance planned for broadcast on Monday July 6.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The Freelance - avoid legal trouble, Finnish freelances fight, harrasment charges for photography on Underground

The June 2009 edition of the freelance journalists' magazine the Freelance is out. My articles include:

How to stay out of legal trouble, with media law lecturer Timothy Crooke.

Finnish freelances fight new rights-grab contract.

Tourist who took photographs on Underground up in court on 'harassment' charge, case dropped.