Many fancy pictures and I'm sure something very interesting and useful from Martin Belam. Just need to get my head around it first.
The Manchester Evening News report of its photographer being arrested.
It seems we are back in the old territory of police arresting photographers because they don't want them where they are. Another case of photographer not a terrorist?
Lawyer, blogger and journalist David Allen Green has asked important questions relating to the arrest of Jacqui Thompson by Dyfed Powys Police, after her arrest for filming a council meeting. His questions are valid and really ought to have been answered by now.
Alexander Smith was a reporter at the scene of Jacqui Thompson's arrest at Carmarthenshire County Council. This story reflects badly not only on the county council, but also on the local constabulary. No laws have actually been broken here. The force's press office should be on the ball with reaction and comment. This has become a national story and lack of response makes them look inadequate.
After seeing the YouTube footage of the meeting, it does seem as though the whole situation was blow up by the chairman. Probably a long-serving councillor who enjoys the sound of his own voice. Those of us who have worked in local and regional journalism will know the type.
If the blonde police officer has managed to grab Alexander Smith's camera, the story would have taken another turn for the worse.
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