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Relationships between the Guardian newspaper and professional photojournalists look set to worsen next week, as the Guardian uses Flickr to recruit Climate Camp protesters as unpaid freelance photographers. Critics have claimed that this raises issues of partiality – questioning whether the Guardian would meekly accept a photo- …

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Just like the BBC

I can't be the only one who's irritated by the "were you there, do you have any pictures / videos" question tagged onto the bottom of most of BBC news on-line's 'breaking' stories.

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Anonymous Coward

about this North Korean stuff

I've worked with groups having similar aims and I've seen the malicious twist that our friends of the fourth estate like to add (q.v. some articles that get printed in the reg). It comes down to trust, as ever, and you sometimes (read: always nowadays) need to defend yourself in advance which makes for an escalating war of spin and control. Truth is the prime casualty, of course.

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Anonymous Coward

New contract

One thing that's worth a mention, although the groups representing photographers have said to The Guardian that they're willing to reduce the fee for reusing photos, The Guardian hasn't even bothered to respond, let alone show any sign it's willing to negiotiate.

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"Partiality?"

Am I the only one that things the Guardian gave up being impartial when it comes to climate change anyway?

Anyone who has read the unbelievable ranting and raving that comes out of George Monbiots' mouth would understand.

If the Guardian are doing this to cut costs, then it must mean their business is in trouble, which, if it means the end is nigh for this tat rag then so much the better.

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Big Brother

Don't read the Guardian

I stopped reading the Guardian ages ago when it became an official organ of the government.

For a journal started with the highest of principles, it seems to be plumbing the depths.

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The Grauniad et al

I stopped taking leftwing media seriously after living in Hollywood for two years and spouting nothing but liberal clichés while acting like I really had an opinion of my own. I realised I neither had an opinion of my own and that being part of a collective mindset is not ever going to be rewarded with anything except, as these photogs have found out, treachery.

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Megaphone

Alternative flickr group for non-Guardianistas

Camp for Climate Action 2009 - no rights grab

http://www.flickr.com/groups/londonclimatecamp2009/

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FAIL

This Climate Camp is full of fail

there seems to precisely no news coming out of it, or anything to suggest that it's anything other than a bunch of hippies camping out for the weekend. If they want to really raise their profile, they'll need some Taser-wielding police intervention.

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Black Helicopters

bollocks

I dropped in to have a look around and ended up staying to help out on the tech media front. As for the mainstream 'media being guided to events', that is rubbish they are escorted where the journalists want to go and their minders are only with them so they don't stray into areas where activists may be having sensitive discussions (tents which say No Media) about direct actions to come.

Citizen journalism can't be blamed directly for NUJ members lively hoods, that I believe is the doing of their employers.

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