I encountered an accident last night (i was not a witness, i ran over to help out a few minutes after it happened). The man had a broken shin ( like Liverpool's Cisse injury...nasty)
Apparently he was jaywalking, and got hit by a fast Mercedes on the speed lane. The ambulance and relevant authorities were late, but i had shots of the scene and the people talking to the accident victim. None of us could do much but to keep talking to the victim to keep him awake, nobody was supposed to touch him, lest injuring him further. Since my first intention was to help, and none can be rendered, my journalistic streak in me got the better of me, i started taking photos discreetly with my handphone camera.
When the paramedics arrive, i was told off by one of them that no photography is allowed. And i blatantly pointing my handphone cam at them.
And one guy in civilian clothing said no photography too, heard he was a police officer, as my friend saw him whip out a warrant card from his wallet.
I checked the forum for more info...but i found only these
Willyfoo's coverage of lorry run amok
Just a few questions that needs to be answered...so where better than to ask the professionals here.
Is it against the law to photograph the scene? (i know it's rude if there was a death involved...i won't be taking photos then) Or are the paramedics trying to protect themselves from being 'marked' for arriving at the scene late? (they came bout 30 mins later right after the accident...probably due to heavy traffic)
Is it against the law to post the photos online? In this forum? In a blog? In a website?
What rights do i have?