NUJ photographer arrested at London airport
9 December 2009
An NUJ member was arrested by two armed police officers at London City Airport on Sunday for an alleged assault on a member of airport security. The photographer fully denies any wrongdoing and the NUJ has instructed lawyers to defend him.
The NUJ has hit out at the arrest. In a week when the police's treatment of photographers made front page news, the union expressed shock that another journalist has been obstructed by officers from doing his job.
The photographer had been covering a small and peaceful protest by environmental campaigners in Santa outfits at the airport. He was arrested in the middle of filing pictures to national newspapers.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:
"Despite the new advice to police officers it appears our members are being denied the right to work. We will continue to support members who are exercising their rights."
Roy Mincoff, NUJ Legal Officer, added:
"While we welcome new guidance and undertakings to ensure that all officers, at whatever level, are aware of their responsibilities to the media, clearly much still needs to be done. The police must ensure that our members' rights are respected and that what happens in practice reflects the agreed guidance."