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Unearthed bill seeks to regulate photography profession

A bill tabled in 2012 seeking to regulate the profession of photography was unearthed and discussed on Tuesday at the House labour committee prompted by the case of the 35-year-old self-confessed serial killer, an army officer  who worked as a successful professional photographer on the side.

Greens leader Giorgos Perdikis, who tabled the bill seven years ago, said after the meeting that “the Cyprus Photographers’ Association has rightly requested that the bill, which basically blocks the uncontrolled exercise of the profession, is put to a vote.”

If the bill is passed, the photographic profession will be regulated through specific criteria and qualification requirements, while a license will also need to be obtained.

According to Perdikis, the bill foresees the creation of a photographers’ council which will certify professional photographers through evaluating the training and profile “of those persons who enter our homes, our events, and exploit this photographic material online.”

Following the development of the case of the serial killings of five women and two girls, the education ministry had drafted a circular which has yet to be distributed to schools, and which lays down some terms which school heads and parents associations should abide by when choosing a photographer to cover school events, the committee heard.

Metaxas had served as a photographer for multiple events, including events of political parties.


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