However, only a few hours after the photos were out, five police officers reportedly arrived at Aitchison’s home. The Independent writes that he was arrested “under suspicion of criminal damage of a dwelling.” The police confiscated his phone and his memory card and took him to the local police station. According to the same source, he was held in a police cell for over five hours. Around 10 pm the same day, he was released on bail until 22 February. In the meantime, he will not be allowed to attend Napier Barracks.
Photojournalist Andy Aitchison (46) was recently arrested after photographing protests at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, UK. He was reportedly arrested on suspicion of criminal damage for taking photos. In other words – for doing his job. He believes it’s censorship, and some serious concerns have been raised about media freedom.