August 2005


http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/08/320508.html

Hit The Decks :: From SchNews 509

26.08.2005 12:49
Hit The Decks

In case you thought it was just corporate-sanitised festivals that were turning all 1984, don’t worry. Underground parties abroad are proving they can attract even more brutal Big Brother tactics.

Last Saturday Versus II, a 1,500-strong legal rave in Utah (home of bigamy), USA (home of the free), was closed in a huge raid involving SWAT teams and the Utah National Guard as well as large numbers of police. Soldiers with assault rifles stormed the stage to get the music off, and tear gas, dogs, stun guns and a low-flying helicopter were used to disperse the crowd. Ravers were kicked to the ground and beaten with batons and rifle butts.
People who tried to film the bust had their cameras taken or smashed. And just to prove that cops do have a sense of humour, they nicked all the bouncers for possession of drugs they’d
confiscated from people on the door. The organisers of the party have set up a website – http://www.music-versus-guns.org to publish personal reports and footage that didn’t get confiscated.

Meanwhile in the Czech Republic there has been a wave of anti-police demonstrations across the country this month, after riot cops were used to break up the CzechTek free festival on July 31. 1,300 police waded into the teknival in Mlynec with water cannons, batons, lashings of tear gas and a tank, claiming that they needed to act to stop people trespassing to get to the party. Ravers fought back with bottles and sticks.

Explaining why he authorised the raid, Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek said: “These were no dancing children [but] dangerous people with anarchist proclivities and international links,” who “provoke massive demonstrations against the peaceful society” and are likely to spread “AIDS, jaundice and salmonella”. The ‘peaceful’ Czech society didn’t buy it, and Paroubek has seen his popularity cut in half with dozens of angry protests. The Czech
government are now considering passing a new CJA-style law allowing local authorities to ban raves if they think they’re a threat to “peace, property, or state security”. For more Czech
out: http://en.policejnistat.cz/Uvodni

and …..

regarding control of events ,,,, this is how far we’ve got in the uk

Face The Muzak

Cuddly venture capitalist Richard Branson likes a laugh, and making loads of money. And he did both at the V Festival last weekend.

The festival has a noble tradition of trying out fun new surveillance techniques on punters, and this year was no exception. In order to keep festie-goers safe from terrorists and the great unwashed, CCTV cameras were stuck all over the place and wired up to face recognition software to scan for known troublemakers. Letters were sent to 250 undesirables asking them not to come.

In previous years they have used Automatic Number Plate Recognition to target known offenders, as well as using palm-wipe drug testing kits on attendees. Although anyone asked to be drug tested has the right to refuse, the police can regard the refusal as reasonable suspicion of possession of drugs and conduct a full
search.

SchNEWS commends the V organisers on their bold ‘Brave New World’ theme and we look forward to visiting next year’s Ambient Cavity Search Tent.

Less and less hope ……

Sheffield No-Borders collective will participate in the UK-wide day of action for the freedom of movement and the right to stay on 1. October 2005 with a magical mystery tour in Sheffield.
The magical mystery tour took place for the first time in Glasgow during G8 mobilisations (have a look at http://www.makebordershistory.org )
and works basically like a tourist style walking tour through the city centre, hitting various places and buildings where racist policies are implemented through state agents or private cooperations (making profits off it). Participating “tourists” are introduced to background information about the visited sites.

Mapping the invisible borders
Sheffield No Borders collective will produce a map of the city centre that highlightens these sites of exclusion and internal borders which are usually kept invisible.
We hope to create awareness among participants and media about the “magical mystery tours” of racist institutions that asylum seekers, migrants and other foreigners are forced to go through when they do what is most natural and easy for people with “good” passports, tourists, managers, the global upper class: crossing state borders….
the tour is promoting the political demand of the abolishment of all national borders and immigration controls…e.g. the freedom of movement and the right to stay as basic human rights.

We are calling for activists, performers, journalists, designers and artists in and around Sheffield to join our efforts and help in the production of the tour and the map.

Contact Sheffield No Borders group via email
sheffield-noborders@lists.aktivix.org

or contribute to the wiki
http://wiki.sheffieldsocialforum.org.uk/No_Borders

or come along Sheffield No Borders Next Meeting
Wednesday 24th August, 7pm at Matilda Social Centre, 111 Matilda st.,
Sheffield

Have mentioned recently, that as part of the UK division of indymedia http://indymedia.org.uk a few of us have been a little busy, and got Nottingham Indymedia up and running.

Please do take a peek at: http://notts.indymedia.org.uk

Lots of interesting local stuff going on. Actually, getting this lot together is my excuse [if I need one], for my lack of posting on here recently.

Sorry, doing my best.

Also, have collect several shed-loads of links to my posting on Indymedia onto one page at:

http://tinyurl.com/ynttvo

Lots, isn’t there…….

Pictures on my Fotoblog at: http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=519332

We really are on a ‘short fuse’ after the terrorist attacks in London and ensuing panics.

Last month, I described, dear readers, that people were reporting suspicious packages all over the place. There were many scares all over the country. Here was one I happend apon:

Nottingham Bomb Scare, Mansfield Road [another false alarm]
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/07/317959.html

Crumbs!!

Well, there I was at 3.30pm this afternoon, travelling down the Nottingham Road, passing the junction of Gregory Boulevard, when four police cars including the heavy mob, and some Armed Responce Units, pulled over a bus.

I didn’t know what was going on to start with, but like most citizens, am quite concerned to be confronted by guns on the streets.

I photographed what I could. The incident only lasting a few minutes. When the guns had gone, I asked a seargent what was at issue. Apparently someone had reported seeing a man with a gun on the bus. Turns out to having been a toy gun. This is of course, a frequent reason for armed responce turnouts.

Now, in these times after recent events, some sections of the population are getting more police attentions than others and some folks are looking at people of a wide variety of ethnic origins with suspicions.

I asked the officer, since he mentioned ‘these times’ what was the ethnic origins of the people concerned here, but he declined to answer, saying that it wasn’t relevent.

I quite agree with him, it shouln’t be should it? But it is relevent now. The Chief Constable of the British Transport Police has said that he’s not going to waste resouces in stopping and searching white old ladies.

Anyway, if you look past the police ‘scrum’ in the bus stop, you can see who the subject is. Low and behold, it’s an south asian family.

Nottingham Peace rally in response to the London bombings
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/07/319509.html

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Gun Crime and Police response – Collected Links

There have been a number of protest marches and meeting in Nottingham. In common with many other cites, there has been a surge increase shootings and gun crime in general. This last week, I’ve been looking further into the situation. Both the reports of the shootings, mostly ‘Black Youth’ and the police response to it.

So much has been written, and I’ll add my ‘nine-pence worth’ in due course. But I have collected these links together as a set, to give an idea of the scale of the developing situation. Read, and be depressed!

American readers, might of course, wonder what all the fuss is about. Shooting folks is normal, ain’t it?

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Gun law : Britain’s police are famed for walking the streets armed with nothing more lethal than a truncheon.
But now, for the first time, bobbies on the beat in two violent districts of Nottingham are carrying guns. John Kampfner asks, is this the shape of things to come?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,406343,00.html

US-style gun law comes to Britain – Nottingham police on armed foot patrol after rise in shootings [Operation ‘Real Estate’]
http://www.guardian.co.uk/gun/Story/0,2763,386622,00.html

Operation ‘Real Estate’ Nottingham response to gun crime: Police Review 17th November 2000

Metropolitan Police – Force Firearms Unit (SO19)
http://www.met.police.uk/so19

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
http://www.acpo.police.uk

They have produced guidelines and have released the first six chapters of the Manual of Guidance on Police Use of Firearms. available here as PDF

Chapter 1 Introduction
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter1.pdf

Chapter 2 Use of Force
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter2.pdf

Chapter 3 Issue and Carriage of Firearms
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter3.pdf

Chapter 4 Command
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter4.pdf

Chapter 5 Use of Firearms
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter5.pdf

Chapter 6 Investigations and Remedies
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter6.pdf

Facing Violence: The Response of Provincial Police Forces
A Report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Inspection 1995
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/fvrppf.pdf

INQUEST’s statistics on fatal shootings can be found at: http://www.inquest.org.uk

Mothers Against Guns on my blog at:
http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003/02/mothers-against-guns-httpwww.html

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Heckler & Koch MP5-Series submachine gun
http://www.waffenhq.de/infanterie/mp5.html

Walther P990 Pistol
http://www.impactguns.com/store/walther.html

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There are two previous enties on my blog about all this.

Tash Blog – Mums Against Guns protest and meeting
http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003_01_26_tash_lodge_archive.html#88374768

Tash Blog – Gunshot Surveillance / Location Systems
http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003_01_26_tash_lodge_archive.html#88387459

It was only last week that there was a demonstration by ‘Mums Against Guns’ http://www.mothersagainstguns.net

There has been a rise in the number of shootings lately, both in Nottingham, and British cities at large. It is terrible, and, something must be done! This was the objective of the march and the public meeting.

However, from some of these notes; you might see that the police themselves are more than fallible, in their dealing with the situation. Further, the amount of firepower currently deployed is scaring the blue-blazes out of many of us. Hence I offer you these links, to give you an idea of the scale of difficulties that they, and we are under.

All this is not at all, perculiar to Nottingham. Just as a sample, here are a couple of links to some similar stories on Bristol Indymedia UK http://www.bristol.indymedia.org

top cop speechless as ‘lost’ police handed over [6feb03]
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=3271

Guns in Bristol: [17jan03]
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=2995&group=webcast

I’m not so sure, that the police can be trusted to do guns. Check these out:

“Cops gun for trouble: Police lose pistols from van” – Nottingham Evening Post – 3 August 1995
“Missing police bullets found” – Nottingham Evening Post – 17 January 2001
“How I found police bullets” – Nottingham Evening Post – 19 January 2001
“Probe after police lose 15 bullets” – Nottingham Evening Post – 3 February 2003

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Research in Nottingham Libary Regarding the police use of weapons

I went to Nottingham City Library, to look up previous instance of the previous loss of ammo and weapons by police in the county. I know of instances in 2001 with the loss of another magazine and 1995 when they lost five hand guns out the back of a van. The doors were open, while they drove along, ‘cos it was hot, apparently!!

Checked back though their cuttings archives and nothing was there. I asked an assistant about it, and , apparently they only keep ‘important cuttings.’

I composed myself, and asked to speak to a senior archivist. She said; we mainly keep cutting of ‘policy changes’ rather than ‘incidents’. And “Yep, I agree, it does seem we’ve been ‘kind’ to the police!”. She also remembered the story from the time, [thus if she remembered 8 years later, chances are it might have been important!]

As a senior troublemaker, I told her there and then, that I would be grateful if that policy could be changed immediately, to take into account, what are self-evidently serious matters, that should result in ‘important cuttings’ and would be taking it up with the Nottinghamshire Senior Librarian next week. [watch this space].

Oh god!! I mean, bloody heck, my whole life is like this. So there’s another couple of hours next week, to account for all this .. .. ..

This is all a bit outside my usual subjects.
But hey, It needed doing.

Hope you all find it useful. No doubt the police will find my interest in all this, ‘interesting!’

Some recent pieces on the coverage of the G8, by the ‘alternative’ media.

‘The Journalist’, the in-house mag of the NUJ and ‘The Freelance’ have both produced articles, worth a look.

NUJ Freelance – How the G8 is spun :: http://media.gn.apc.org/fl/0508g8-1.html

How the G8 is spun
LONDON Freelance Branch invited Lucy Michaels of Corporate Watch to set the scene for the G8 summit in July. We got an info-blast about the G8. As journalists, we need to be aware of the analysis that for the past year the Scottish media have been busily winnowing protesters into a “good” camp that supports Blair and Brown but just wants them to try harder – and a “bad” camp that sees capitalism and the G8 itself as the problem, not the solution. We need to pay more attention to the small print in the agreements: how much privatisation of health, education and essential services is the price of the debt relief in the press release top paragraph, for example? Mike Holderness

I’ve been asked to give some background on the G8, and the media coverage and political spin surrounding its forthcoming Gleneagles Summit. I will also give you some background on my research on direct corporate involvement in the G8 process, which explains some of my scepticism around the whole process. I work with Corporate Watch. We are a small independent research group based in Oxford who aim to expose and highlight the behaviour of large corporations. We recently joined the Oxford Branch of the NUJ which makes it especially exciting to be here today.

What is the G8?
The G8 has been part of the architecture of global governance since 1975, when six countries met in Rambouillet, France to discuss the turbulence in the global economy as a result of the 1974 oil shocks. Canada joined in 1976. The G8 is not a policy-making body; rather a forum for building consensus between the seven most industrialised countries in the world and Russia (with its huge oil reserves).

Despite the serious political differences between the world leaders on a raft of issues, the G8 meetings and the communiqués and declarations that come out of them are intended as a way of reassuring everyone that ultimately they all agree. Its these images beamed across the world, of the world leaders looking relaxed in their linen suits, that are supposed to reassure us – and the markets – that everything is just fine. This is why the media presence at the G8 is vital to the proper functioning of the event, which will see 5000 of the world’s journalists descend on Gleneagles.

The nature of the G8 as a photo-opportunity is reinforced by the fact that the company hired to run the media centre, which will be at the Equestrian Centre in Gleneagles, is Jack Morton Worldwide. This “experiential marketing agency”, based in New York, is part of the massive PR conglomerate, Interpublic. In its own words, JMW “creates experiences to improve performance, increase sales and build brands”. Other clients include: General Motors, Bank of America, IBM, Pfizer, Gillette, McDonald’s and CNN. This is the same company that orchestrated the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Athens: I’m sure we can expect some razamatazz on the PR front.

Leaders’ place in history
In recent years, especially since the massive Jubilee 2000 demonstrations in Birmingham, the G8 has also been an opportunity for the world leaders to establish their place in history through tackling the pressing global issues of the day. This is certainly true of Tony Blair, who seems desperate to win some kind of agreement on Africa and on climate change. One might say cynically that this would ensure that his legacy was not the disastrous Iraq War and its aftermath. Having won an agreement at the weekend to write off 100% of the debt in 18 of the poorest countries, he is now shuttling around the world on a charm offensive to press for a commitment on further aid to Africa.

The main G8 process has been active since the beginning of the year, with ministerial meetings around the country and the world. The Africa Commission started work last Spring. This has produced a “will they, won’t they?” dynamic – and a “will he, won’t he?” dynamic in the case of Bush on climate change. That helps produce a sense of things building up to an crescendo with the Summit in Gleneagles in three weeks’ time.

The British media, and especially the Scottish media, have certainly been building up for this since last year. They have found plenty to talk about. In recent weeks, both the right-wing and the left-wing media has enjoyed pulling apart the Make Poverty History coalition and Saint Bob Geldof.

Shall burning wood come to Dunsinane?
The story that has obsessed the right-wing Scottish media – particularly The Scotsman and the Glasgow Herald – for the past year has been the shadowy anarchists who are coming up to Scotland to cause destruction. Stories of infiltration, intimidation and Molotov cocktails have filled their pages. This blatant misrepresentation and exaggeration seems to be aimed at everyone except Make Poverty History campaigners: especially G8 Alternatives, a coalition of socialist groups, including Globalise Resistance and CND; and Dissent!, a mobilisation of non-hierarchical activist and anarchist networks. If the media stopped and listened, they would find out that Dissent! is mainly focused on several exciting positive community-based projects highlighting alternative ways of organising society contrasting with the G8 and the neoliberal economic system.

Of course, all this talk of rioting is not the message that the Scottish Executive has been wanting to promote: that is that the G8 coming to Scotland is a great opportunity to showcase Scottish business. Last week Jack MacConnell, the Scottish First Minster, actually called on the media to “stop winding people up” about the potential for violence at the Gleneagles summit.

I believe these confused messages about the possible nature of the protests have actually been an orchestrated spin campaign by Blair and his spin doctors. The aim is to ensure that the Make Poverty History protesters come across as the “good protesters” supporting the UK government in its efforts to persuade the other world leaders to support the New Labour cause for greater aid, debt relief and trade for Africa. The “bad protesters”, who have an equally legitimate right to protest, are the ones who suggest that that it is the current economic system that has contributed to impoverishing Africa and creating climate change – and that the G8 is a cornerstone of that system.

They speak of Africa and golden joys
From my research into the G8 and the likely outcomes, I have found very little to convince me that, despite the debt relief recently announced, things are really looking up in terms of poverty reduction and social justice in Africa and for climate justice. I’m afraid, Ladies and Gentleman, I am a bad protestor.

The reason I have very little faith in the G8’s proposed solution to these problems, is that despite their disagreements, all the world leaders agree that corporations and industrial growth will be Africa’s salvation and the solution to climate change.

Take climate change. Last September Tony Blair announced, “there are immense business opportunities in sustainable growth and moving to a low carbon economy”. His view is reinforced by a G8 communiqué on climate change, leaked a few weeks ago, that focuses on the technological “opportunities” offered by climate change – such as hydrogen power and low carbon vehicles. There will be G8 funding for companies to develop these technologies and clear commercial opportunities. Much to the dismay of environmentalists, the communiqué contained no concrete targets for G8 countries to cut carbon dioxide emissions, no calls for “no new oil” to be extracted and nothing about the “developed world” rethinking its consumption levels.

With Bush’s well-known scepticism on climate change, if no agreement is forthcoming, this issue will be quietly dropped from the agenda. Of course, there will be no mention of the fact that 6 July is anniversary of Piper Alpha, the worst offshore oil disaster in history and a clear example of corporate negligence that saw 167 Scottish lives lost.

Take Africa. Haiko Alfeld, Africa Director of the World Economic Forum, recently commented that “Business has an enormous interest if $25bn per year is to flow into Africa… clearly, that will unleash enormous potential and business opportunities on the continent”. Business is clearly thrilled by the outcome of Blair’s Commission for Africa (CfA), which essentially recommends that the continent should embrace free trade and make itself a perfect climate for investment.

The CfA also proposes funding for African governments to form Public-Private Partnerships with multinationals to develop their infrastructure. It totally ignored the strong and unambiguous critiques of forced trade liberalisation, deregulation and privatisation in Africa made by the UK development NGOs in formal submissions.

It is interesting that this weekend only Inter Press Service News Agency bothered to read the final declaration of the G8 Finance minsters. It was widely reported that the G8 will be writing off 100% of the debt of 18 of the world’s poorest countries. But there was hardly any mention of the fact that this comes as part of a raft of measures calling on those countries to “boost private sector development and attract private sector investment both domestic and foreign”. Countries, like Nigeria, that have instigated International Monetary Fund “Structural Adjustment Programmes” – that include privatisation of public services, and in Uganda charges for school attendance – are given extra sweeteners.

Big Business couldn’t have got much of a better deal if it had written the report itself. But then that’s actually not far from the truth.

Corporate involvement in the Commission for Africa
The US-based Corporate Council on Africa represents 85% of all US private sector investment in Africa. It commented in January, “This is the first time a G8 president has formally sought ideas from the U.S. private sector to shape discussion at a G8 Summit”.

As the CCA suggest, corporations have had unprecedented access to policy-making at this G8. In July 2004, a “Business Contact Group” was established by Gordon Brown and Reuters chairman, Niall Fitzgerald, to involve corporations in the CfA consultation process. The list of the 16 or so corporations involved on the Business Contact Group is a roll-call of some of the most destructive and exploitative corporations who operate across the Continent including De Beers, Rio Tinto, Shell, Unilever, British American Tobacco, GlaxoSmithKline, Anglo-American and Diageo.

Anglo American is a company who have taken a leading role shaping the CfA. Last week they co-hosted the Africa Business Summit along with strategic partners including Coca Cola, Pfizer and Microsoft. The aim of the Summit was to promote the business opportunities presented by the Commission for Africa. But the week turned into a public relations disaster for Anglo American, when it was accused by Human Rights Watch of developing links and making payments to a warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to gain access to rich gold reserves. Human Rights Watch claim that fighting between armed groups for control of the gold reserves has cost thousands of lives and resulted in massive human rights atrocities.

Quis bibet?
The other company that will be laughing itself under the table is UK drinks multinational, Diageo. The G8 really is their lucky day. Diageo is one of Africa’s biggest corporations – recall that Nigeria is at least the third largest market for Guinness. Diageo will have unrivalled lobbying access to put across its vision for Africa, not only because of its involvement in the CfA Business Contact Group, but also because it owns the Gleneagles Hotel where the G8 Summit is taking place.

After the CfA report was published in March 2005, the “Business Contact Group” evolved into Business Action for Africa, a well-coordinated platform for multinational interests in Africa. These same companies are taking the lead at the official G8 business summit, which will be held in London on the eve of the G8 and chaired by former Shell boss and Anglo-American chairman, Sir Mark Moody Stuart. He’s most famous among environmentalists for successfully lobbying at the Johannesburg Earth Summit against regulation of corporations, through the cannily similarly named “Business Action on Sustainable Development”.

I hope this critique has highlighted who’s really setting the agenda at the G8 and why we aren’t hearing about it. Corporate Watch has produced extensive materials on corporate involvement in and around the G8 – including our report, Bringing the G8 Home: Corporate involvement in and around the G8 and our map looking at Scotland plc and the G8. We also have a long profile of Diageo on our website: http://www.corporatewatch.org.

Lucy Michaels NUJ Freelance Aug 05

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NUJ Freelance – Public Order at the G8 Aug05 :: http://media.gn.apc.org/fl/0508g8-2.html

Public Order at the G8
What can journalists attempting to cover protests around the G8 meeting on 6-8 July expect? Louis Charalambous, a solicitor specialising in Public Order law, gave some notes to the June London Freelance meeting. Louis noted that he’s an English-qualified solicitor and we’re going to need Scottish-qualified solicitors to deal with any incidents there. For example PACE, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 – does not apply to Scotland. So those rights that it gives journalists to protect their materials do not apply in Scotland.

Lawyers for a major media organisation in Scotland confirmed to Louis that:

If the police seek to seize material you do have to try to assert your journalistic rights, and try to persuade officers that they should get a court order if they want you to hand over your materials; and
the reality is, however, that if they think you’ve got something that’s crucial to evidence-gathering they will try to seize it – and can.
Some of the advice contained in the NUJ’s Legal Rights Guide do apply. (Members contact the Freelance Office for a copy.)

For example, photojournalists ought to be distinguishable – maybe by having their Press Card hanging round their necks (on something non-injury-causing like wool).

Louis recommends introducing yourself to police before and during the event. Recognise them, and they’re more likely to recognise you and the job you have to do. It is important to distinguish yourself from the protesters.

Louis suspect that police will try to keep the press in pens at the Edinburgh demonstration. There may be attempts to keep away people who don’t have accreditation – particularly at Gleneagles on the Wednesday.

When challenged, Louis says you should assert your rights – including mentioning Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of expression (and hence of the media). http://media.gn.apc.org/echr.html#Article10

If you have a camera and see others being harassed, record it.

One of the more likely charges is the Scottish Common Law offence of Breach of the Peace – defined by Lord Justice Clerk in 1889 as conduct by one or more persons that “will reasonably produce alarm in the minds of the lieges”. This definition was adopted by the High Court of Justiciary on 4 May 2004: peace campaigners had argued that no-one had actually been alarmed by their actions and that the charge was too vague to be consistent with the European Convention – and this Appeals court rejected these arguments.

The offence of “Aggravated Trespass” introduced in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 does apply in Scotland. It makes it an offence to “trespass on land in the open air, and do there anything which is intended to: intimidate so as to deter, obstruct, or disrupt persons engaged or about to engage in lawful activity on that or adjacent land in the open air.” It does not apply to highways open to motor traffic or in buildings. It is more likely to be used against those identified as protesters – and on private land.

Sion Touhig noted that photographers covering the protests in New York before the Presidential election had gone out equipped with stamped self-addressed envelopes, and dropped their full films and flashcards into postboxes. This is of course more practicable in New York City than halfway between Aucterarder and Aberuthven. The digitally-equipped could try emailing off copies of their pictures as backup – but getting a mobile dialtone may well be difficult.

A member asked, what’s the point of debating with police who, for example, want to seize a camera? If there are ten journalists being solid, and one police officer then there is some chance of carrying the debate. And you should note that many of the police present will be drafted from England.

The NUJ’s long-standing policy is that journalists should never voluntarily hand over material. One of the reasons for this is that when it does happen – and certain newspapers are fond of handing “dossiers” to the police – it reinforces protesters’ hostility to journalists. The union provides a service for members who suspect that a court order may be made against them in the future – read this and act on it if need be.

Mike Holderness NUJ Freelance Aug 05

After Birmingham, Notts Indymedia is now IMC UK’s new baby. With the website live, there’s nothing stopping the new and enthusiastic collective, itching to get the project going. For years it was felt that Nottinghamshire could really do with a open, independent and community oriëntated media space. Well, now it has finally arrived.

http://notts.indymedia.org.uk

Please bear with us while we are still working on improving this website.

The Nottinghamshire Independent Media Centre (IMC) is a collective of independent community groups and individuals committed to offering grassroots and local non-corporate news coverage.

We aim to generate a fresh perspective on mainstream media-twisted stories and give a voice to individuals and communities throughout Nottinghamshire.

Get Involved!

By connecting individuals and campaign groups together, we can disseminate information and raise awareness of local community concerns, campaigns and activities as well as issues of national and global relevance.

Nottinghamshire Indymedia is an open–publishing website which will allow everyone to contribute regardless of their locality, ethnicity or gender. It will strive to empower communities through skill sharing and training to become part of the Nottinghamshire IMC project, and work together towards maintaining a diverse and honest representation of what is really happening is our communities. Unlike the corporate media, Nottinghamshire IMC is run through an open democratic process.

Central to the Nottinghamshire IMC is the Nottinghamshire Indymedia website, which as a platform generates a variety of other activities including a community radio project, training sessions and workshops, video-productions, info nights, film-screenings and a regularly print out of the generated news.

As a collective we aim to pursue the following principles:

– To maintain an open democratic structure where everyone can contribute equally to decision-making.

– To reject all systems of domination and discrimination.

– To reject all ties with political parties and corporate bodies.

– To acknowledge that the struggle for a better world takes many forms.

– To focus on local issues and grassroots campaigns.

– To continually welcome and provide training and support to new volunteers, groups and contributors wanting to become involved with the Nottinghamshire IMC collective.

Nottinghamshire IMC works as part of the global Indymedia Network. The network works to foster media creation based upon the principles of free participation and association, mutual aid, open-source software, open publishing, and transparent decision-making. As an affiliate of the Indymedia network, the Nottinghamshire collective remains committed to these principles.

Think globally – Act locally!

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