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Brighton local newspaper ordered to hand over Smash EDO mayday footage to police

* | 26.09.2009 21:29 | Anti-militarism | Repression | South Coast

The Argus caves in to the police state

The Argus ordered to hand over Smash EDO footage to Sussex Police

2:00pm Saturday 26th September 2009

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By Ben Parsons, Crime Reporter »

The Argus has been ordered to hand over footage of an anti-arms demonstration to police.

Sussex Police obtained a ‘special procedure production order’ under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 for images from the Smash EDO May Day protests in Brighton.

A judge at Lewes Crown Court granted the order for “all media containing moving and/or still images . . . published and unpublished of the march/procession/assembly/demonstration and subsequent disturbances which took place in Brighton, East Sussex on May 4 2009”.

Under the terms of the order the footage can be used “only for the purposes of the applicant’s criminal investigation and any relating proceedings”.

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