New anti-terrorism laws set to be introduced in the UK next month are expected to increase the powers of police office to stop photographers from taking photos in public places.

New anti-terrorism laws set to be introduced in the UK next month are expected to increase the powers of police officers to stop photographers from taking photos in public places, says a report in the British Journal of Photography. The Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, set to become law on February 16,  makes it an offence to take pictures of officers “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.” If found guilty, those charged with the offence could be fined or imprisoned for up to 10 years. UK press photographers worry that the law will be misused by police to stop photographers from documenting protests and other public interactions between police and citizens.

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