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    As having previous discussion, here you may find the US version:

    http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm


    Cheers.

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    good stuff...

    one note though: that link's based on US legislation so it's different here, but a lot of the basic tenets should be similar. but then i'm no lawyer so what do i know...?

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    I'll have a look at it when I get some bandwidth.

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    I want to share my experience and seek your opinions on it.

    Two years ago at Geylang Serai during the Hari Raya period. I was with some of the members of my photographic society then on an outing. The decorations on an overhead bridge was burnt then. A group of fireman and policeman was around then to remove the burnt objects from the bridge. Never seen firemen in action before (bright red fire-engines, ladders and all), I set up my tripod (it was evening time and the lighting is too dim for the telephoto shot) and wanted to try to capture the red men in action.

    One of the policemen approached us and asked us which publication were we from. After telling him that we were just hobbists, he said that we could not take photographs and demanded that we hand over the films. He even asked for my IC and copied down my particulars.

    After convincing him that we had not taken any shots (I did not and showed him my camera that it is still at frame 1), and copying my particulars, he let us off.

    Questions I would like to pose is

    1. Just wondering are we able to take photographs of civil forces in action.

    2. Does the policeman has the right to demand our films and record our particulars?


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    Like to add that we were quite close to the action, but outside of their area of operation. Neither were we in the way of their operation nor did we pose any safety / security hazard to them or the public...

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    Originally posted by Bean
    1. Just wondering are we able to take photographs of civil forces in action.

    2. Does the policeman has the right to demand our films and record our particulars?
    1. To my knowledge, there is no law against such photography.
    2. The policeman have no rights to demand your property or record particulars unless you have committed something...

    (then again, I suspect the "record particulars" method is partly to scare Singaporeans only. When S'poreans hear record particular, they start to fear some punishments, even for things not committed...this instill psychological deterrent. Police use this method to scare off people when they have no legal power to stop certain things.)

    But then we're in Singapore, there's always ISA. No need to do anything, just make some people irritated and off you go to offshore island for the rest of your productive life...

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    Civil Defence has no right, but Military can exercise the right for you to hand over the film, but can only be done by law enforcement officers aka the Police. I had an Uncle who took a picture of a military building in Japan without knowing it was a military building and the next minute he was arrested and was questioned for an hour in Japan. He was discharged after they are convinced that he is just a tourist.

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    Originally posted by Bean
    Like to add that we were quite close to the action, but outside of their area of operation. Neither were we in the way of their operation nor did we pose any safety / security hazard to them or the public...
    go get yourself a 10X optical zoom lens then the policemen won't be able to see you taking the pics liao lor keke

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    Brings to thought the Esplanade and it's restrictions too. Is it still restricted?

    I never attempted photography inside but I was asked not to take any shots of one of the performances outside during the opening celebrations. or could it be that the performers requested that? I still don't get why I couldn't take the shots that time.. anyone got idea?

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    I forgot to add that I think amateur photography can at times help investigations too. How many official photographers are in the right place when stuff happens?

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    The cops are just trying to be safe checking everyone. But a camera does not mean terrorist! Do u see a terrorist using a D1x walking ard?

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    Why would a terrorist be taking photos of fire fighters? so that they know how to set fire that can't be put out?

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    I been told there is a local pro photographer in our Clupsnap, appreciate if he could share his knowledge.

    Cheers.

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