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Welcome to Ulster-On-Thames

Applied to the whole of the UK by the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, the offence of eliciting ‘terrorist information’ about security forces and the equally controversial (but not yet in force) power to seize anything for examination were previously restricted to Northern Ireland, where they expired on 31st August last year – see Terrorism Act 2000Continue reading “Welcome to Ulster-On-Thames”

That nasty little Section 76

Lot of concerns how this amendment to the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 that came into force Monday will affect photographers in general, and fitwatchers specifically. Almost certainly at some stage it will do cos the cops have this devious little habit of misusing “Anti-Terrorism” legislation against legitimate protesters, activists and the like. As my own contributionContinue reading “That nasty little Section 76”

New Fitwatch Spotter Card

To mark the enactment of the amendment to Section 58 of the Terrorist Act 2000 making it an offence, punishable by up to ten years imprisonment, to publish or elicit information about police officers, Fitwatch have produced a new spotter card. The above people are dangerous troublemakers. They are extremists who will stop at nothingContinue reading “New Fitwatch Spotter Card”

Introducing Fitwatch’s new ‘member’, David Lepper MP

An MP has accused Sussex Police of deliberately intimidating patrons of a social club. In a surprise intervention David Lepper, Labour MP for Brighton Pavilion, said the police’s decision to photograph people entering and exiting the Cowley Club in London Road for a meeting about the environment last week appeared designed to scare activists ratherContinue reading “Introducing Fitwatch’s new ‘member’, David Lepper MP”

Media Event: “I’m a Photographer … not a Terrorist”

Hosted by the National Union of Journalists and supported by the British Journal of Photography and the British Press Photographers’ Association. New Scotland Yard, Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H, UK. (Map) Monday 16 February 2009. 11am. Fitwatch urge all supporters to mark the coming into force of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008, by joining the NUJContinue reading “Media Event: “I’m a Photographer … not a Terrorist””

Announcing the FITWATCH competition…

“Policewatch” Following the call-out for direct action against the new Counter-Terrorism Act (see below), Fitwatch is delighted to announce the Policewatch competition, for the finest pictures of the British police. An amazing prize of the sensational boardgame “War on Terror” will be awarded for each of three different categories: Scary – for the mostContinue reading “Announcing the FITWATCH competition…”

Fighting the Fit and Winning…

When we first discussed the idea of Fitwatch, I didn’t think we’d receive the support or achieve the successes we have. For so many years, FIT had acted with impunity. They had become cocky, complacent, contemptuous of the law. However, whilst their contempt for the law sill remains, they are far from cocky. A friendContinue reading “Fighting the Fit and Winning…”