Counter Terrorism Review delayed until ‘New Year’ (update 4.30pm)

December 14, 2010

The Government has confirmed it has delayed publication of its review of counter-terrorism laws until the New Year.

The Home Secretary had initially been expected to publish the Government’s review of Counter-Terrorism and Security Powers in November.

The report was then pushed back until December.

But speaking at a Home Affairs Select Committee meeting today, the Home Secretary said she now expects the review to be published in the ‘New Year’.

Home Office officials seemed unaware of any delay when first contacted by Amateur Photographer earlier today.

A spokesman said the review will be published ‘shortly’ but insisted that an official time scale for publication had never be given.

The review has important implications for photographers because many amateurs and professionals have fallen foul of anti-terror laws in recent years.

This led to talks between Home Office ministers and photography groups – including Amateur Photographer – to resolve the matter.

A meeting held in September, organised as part of the counter-terrorism review, was hailed by photographers as ‘positive’.

In the summer, the Government cut police powers to use the controversial Section 44 stop-and-search rule following a long-running campaign by photography organisations, begun by Amateur Photographer (AP) magazine several years ago.

Section 44 – overhauled in the summer – allowed officers to stop a person without reasonable grounds for suspicion.

In August, Home Secretary Theresa May said the use of counter-terrorism legislation in relation to photography would be reviewed as a ‘priority’ as part of a rapid overhaul of anti-terrorism laws.


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