G20 photographer wins damages

A photographer has been awarded £30,000 compensation after he was struck in the face by a police officer’s riot shield during the G20 protests last year.

David Hoffman was charged at by an officer when covering the events as part of his job, suffering fractured teeth, in an act that NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear labelled “a shocking example of police brutality”.

The Metropolitan Police Service has also issued an apology to Hoffman, recognising “that freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and that journalists have a right to report freely”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 264 of Media Digest.

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