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Photographers protest new law

February 17, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A British anti-terrorism law that could prevent tourists or others from taking pictures of police and troops took effect, prompting about 200 photographers to protest.

Although the measure aims to prevent reconnaissance shots, photographers say it could be misused at a whim to stop any pictures from being taken -- especially images involving police abuse and demonstrations.

Photographers who refuse to stop taking pictures after a warning could face up to 10 years in prison or unspecified fines.

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