Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Snappers to defy police ban

`Police directives about what could and could not be photographed were an abuse of power and should be ignored, Liberty Victoria said today.

The civil liberties body made the statement after a report in a Melbourne newspaper today said a member of the Geelong Camera Club received a visit from police after he photographed gas storage cylinders at the city’s Shell oil refinery.

Club member Hans Kawitski was told not to photograph industrial installations and was ordered to inform members of the camera club to follow his lead.

Liberty Victoria said its advice to photographers would be to ignore the directive.

“The police have got no place making such warnings,” president Brian Walters SC said.’

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