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‘Photographer forced to delete photos of police action’

15 April 2007 - Photographer Jasper Groen was forced last night to delete photos of police action during the Zombie Walk, he said at the photoq website.

About 150 people dressed as zombies were at the Leidseplein, Groen said. Police using a megaphone called on them to leave the square, because they would be disturbing the peace. When they did not leave fast enough, the police started pushing. Groen took a couple of photos of this.

Groen: “two policemen grabbed me by the shoulder and said that I had to delete my photos of the policemen from the memory card, because I would be violating the publishing rights of their personal likenesses [portretrecht]. If I would not comply, I would be taken to the police station and my camera would be confiscated”.

“Intimidated, and accidentally carrying no ID, I decided to delete the photos from my card. The two policemen were keeping a firm grip of me while they looked over my shoulder to see to it that I really deleted all the photos showing policemen”.

In a similar case that occured last year, the Dutch Association of Journalists said that while the portretrecht may protect policemen against their photo being published, this certainly does not apply to their photo being taken.

Photo: Jasper Groen. More photos


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