Observer tip: Dealing with “No pictures, please!”
One of the potential issues Legal Observers (or anyone else with a camera) will face when observing is a security guard, VANOC volunteer, police officer, or other Overzealous Olympic Official (OOO) insisting that a particular area or event is out of bounds to photographers. Here’s what to do:
- Follow directions, no matter how ridiculous, illegal or crazy they may seem.
- Ask for clarification and explanations—who the person is, what authority they have to give these orders, why no photos, and so on.
- Keep the camera rolling.
- Report incidents to your Observer Team Leader or the Legal Observer hotline.
Unfortunately, we already have a great example from Stephen Hui at the Georgia Straight that shows exactly how this sort of demand to “stop filming” should be handled.
Here’s the video: