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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:

  1. Follow directions, no matter how ridiculous, illegal or crazy they may seem.
  2. Ask for clarification and explanations—who the person is, what authority they have to give these orders, why no photos, and so on.
  3. Keep the camera rolling.
  4. 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:

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  1. Paul Sopper
    February 12, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    Seriously you people have to get a life. Here’s an idea, take your free time and use if for something constructive, like, oh I don’t know,….helping people in Haiti.

    What a waste of time.

    Pathetic!

  2. February 13, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    please come to critical mass on the last friday of the month. I am very worried the world won’t see because it’s a regular thing and not very well represented in the media

  3. Michael S
    February 14, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    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:

    1. Turn off your camera and Help the security out, its not easy, they are trying to protect YOU!

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