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How to safely capture photos and videos of the election process

25.10.2012, 11:30
Today the potholes near the entrance into the courtyard outside the IMI office were filled in, but not without overt campaigning on the part of a local majoritarian candidate.
A few of us went outside to snap some photos of the process and the workers. But overseeing the men was a guy who quite aggressively began to ask who we are (obviously he controlled or managed and the workers).
Upon presenting our credentials the man immediately took issue with our actions. The guy said he did not want to appear in the photo, but he did agree that if you are a journalist you have every right to make photographs. For our part, we assured him that any photo we'd use wouldn't include close-up face shots.
Our conclusions from this encounter are:
 1. Pictures of such events should be made from a certain distance, not close to the subject, reducing the likelihood of conflict and confrontations with the subjects being photographed.
 2. Those being photographed have the right to demand that they not appear in the photos (Part 1 of Art. 307 of the Civil Code), unless you are photographing an event in a general or panoramic manner, or the person is doing something illegal. This should be remembered.
 3. A calm response to claims significantly reduces the likelihood of conflict.
 4. In this case, the "older" workers over-agitators clearly differentiated reporters on the status of other citizens. That is the status of the journalist, though not always, but heeded. Main - calmly and convincingly prove your status identity.
Text by: Roman Golovenko, IMI
Photo: Christopher Miller
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