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Case 124 - Local Council says no to filming a public meeting with a handheld HD camera

Issue

A Local Council said there had to be a health and safety agreement between them and the enquirer to film a public meeting with a handheld HD camera, with or without a tripod. The local authority and its councillors have expressed concern about how recordings from public meetings may be used.

Panel decision

There are no health and safety regulations which prevent the filming of a public meeting at a local council. The council is clearly hiding behind "health and safety" as a convenient excuse rather than giving the real reasons for its concerns about full openness and transparency.

2013-02-14