Police see an easy target: how far will misused anti-terrorism laws reach?

Sheffield editor: increasingly, authorities are seeking to ‘manage’ the news

Police were silent as 50,000 marched against the cuts in London, but – as a reader highlights this morning – it was a different matter when a few pensioners and disabled people protested against cuts to free travel provision, two being taken away in handcuffs.

sheffield transport protest

A reporter for the Sheffield Star was threatened with arrest under anti-terrorism laws and forced to erase video evidence after filming this protest on Sheffield station.

As James Mitchinson, editor of the Star, said “To cite anti-terror laws is clearly nonsense. We have a right to report the news, and the Star will always fight for that right. Our readers expect nothing less. But this case illustrates just how difficult it can be to report the news, on the spot when, increasingly, authorities are seeking to ‘manage’ it.

Smart phones, which track the public, in turn enable surveillance of the police

Jen Dunstan, of Sheffield Disabled People Against the Cuts, said, “Dozens of elderly and disabled people have been left with bruising. Some have cuts where their skin has broken from being pushed and shoved. A placid and calm gentleman was roughly manhandled. I am angry and shocked. The police are meant to protect elderly people.”

Though this attempt was made to stop the recording of these events, members of the public managed to capture the arrests on their own phones.

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Posted on June 25, 2014, in Civil servants, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Secret State, Vested interests and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Moseley reader emails:

    It makes any protest to Egypt about Al Jazeera journalists being jailed seem hypocritical.
    The police are out of control at street level.

  2. Ed: note:

    Regional BBC sanitised account yesterday ‘squeaky clean’ and only a ‘correct’ picture of security officers behaving well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-27976912

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