In 1886 a group of anarchists including Peter Kropotkin and Charlotte Wilson decided to produce a new monthly anarchist paper. Freedom began publication in October 1886 and continues to this day; In addition to Freedom, the group set up Freedom Press, which became the main publisher of anarchist literature in England
Enter freelance photographer David Hoffman; in 2009 Freedom Press had published Beating the Fascists, which has of itself aroused much controversy in the anarchist anti-fascist movement. The book is illustrated with photographs supplied by the authors, it turned out these included pictures taken by Hoffman that were still under copyright. Hoffman threatened legal action and has received £4,000 for the use of the pictures; as a result the Freedom collective now faces ruin.
This hypocrite has made a living for years out of photographing activists and suing the police while enjoying the protection of anti-fascists; he now turns to the law to extract money from his erstwhile comrades.
Here’s Hoffman in publicity-seeking mode with a Class War ‘Wanker’ poster: Police remove David Cameron ‘wanker’ poster
You can e mail Hoffman using the contact form at the bottom of the page on his website let him know he is not welcome at our actions and will no longer receive our support.
Hoffman is a member of the London Photographers Branch of the NUJ: Contact the committee here.