Law since 16 February, 2009, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 amends the Terrorism Act 2000 regarding offences relating to information about members of armed forces, a member of the intelligence services, or a police officer.

The new set of rules, under section 76 of the 2008 Act and section 58A of the 2000 Act, targets anyone who 'elicits or attempts to elicit information about (members of armed forces) … which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism'. A person found guilty of this offence could be liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years, and to a fine.

Why is this idea important?

The law allows police officers to stop photographers, including press photographers, from taking pictures in public places. It is totally undemocratic and illiberal and has no place in a civilised society regardless of any “threats” facing society. It should be repealed immediately by the coalition government.

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