Over 90% of the people arrested have since be found to have commited no crime. Police video 'evidence' presented in court by the prosecution was proved to have been doctored in at least one case. You can read the transcripts of the Democracy Now! interviews about this story that aired last week or check out the whole show as audio or video.
While the availability of cheap video technology has led to an increase in the amount of video being presented as powerful evidence in court. Police in this country are clearly targetting 'unsympathetic journalists' in an attempt to both stifle any publicity given to protests and avoid public scrutiny of their own actions. In a recent example, a freelance journalist was arrested just minutes after filming an arrest that occured during a protest outside a meeting of G8 environment ministers taking place in London. It was reported afterwards that the police kept the footage and the camera but typically, the charges have since been dropped.
Cop attacks media filming protest
- IMC UK Video projects page
- 'Lights, cameras, direct action!' DIY 'how-to' guide
- Indymedia Video Distribution Network (also see IndyPeer and IndyTorrents)
Further info and background links:
IMC UK Links
Video Journalist Arrested on Greenpeace Demo