French police obstruct reporters during G7, RSF seeks firm measures

first_imgWhen the interior minister received an RSF delegation on 18 June, he asked RSF to take part in this review in order to help ensure that account is taken of the needs of press freedom. RSF remains willing to participate to this review. News News Crédit: RFI RSF_en In its letter, RSF said it was still ready to participate in an ongoing review of police methods for controlling street protests, but only if it was given a clear undertaking that measures would be taken quickly to rein in police violence. Al Jazeera English crews and others had to endure aggressive and unnecessarily long controls and searches. German reporters said that they were addressed inappropriately. Protective equipment was confiscated from several reporters, including freelance photographers working for the Hans Lucas agency – confiscations that were not recorded in any police reports. More than ten French and foreign journalists who went to cover an “alternative summit” in the adjoining town of Bayonne on 24 August were subjected to unwarranted obstruction by the police, who were often very confrontational. Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more As well as criticizing the behaviour of the police and requesting firm measures, RSF’s letter reminded the interior minister of its ten proposals for ending the kind of police violence against journalists that was seen during France’s “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) protests – proposals that RSF presented to the interior minister in June. August 30, 2019 French police obstruct reporters during G7, RSF seeks firm measures ​Reporters Without Borders (RSF) wrote today to French interior minister Christophe Castaner to complain about police obstruction of journalists covering the G7 summit in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August and to remind him of President Macron’s promise to ensure that the police respect press freedom. Receive email alerts May 10, 2021 Find out more News June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Two women reporters – one working for Reporterre and the other for the Vice News website and the Ouest France newspaper – said they were prevented from accessing the site of a demonstration. FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionPhotoreportage France is ranked 32nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionPhotoreportage The way the police behaved towards reporters during the G7 summit suggests that they have yet to be given the necessary instructions about respecting press freedom, although President Macron promised that this would be done when RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire met him on 3 May. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information Follow the news on France RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story to go furtherlast_img read more