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France’s new law limits press freedom

By Chris Den Hond | Press TV | November 22, 2020

Paris – Thousands in Paris, tens of thousands all over France are protesting for the second time in a week against the Global Security Law.

This new law has been voted in the French parliament and makes it illegal to film and publish images of police officers. For these demonstrators this new law is a violation of the right to inform. Earlier this week, the police used tear gas and water cannon when protesters took the street in front of the French parliament. With the new law, it will become illegal to film this kind of police intervention.

During the yellow vest movement, videos have been used in judicial investigation concerning police violence. With this law, the French state can more easily hide illegal actions, committed by police officers. It can also more easily hide scandals which opens the door for abuse of power.

The French government says they want a better protection for their police force, but the new French law is seriously criticized by the Human rights Council of the United Nations as well as by a large spectrum of the French civil society, journalist associations, trade unions, political parties and human rights defenders.

One year of prison and 45,000 Euros of penalty: that’s what someone risks for publishing the face of a police officer. Many people here say that the French government is using the coronavirus crisis to limit personal and public liberties.

November 22, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance |

1 Comment »

  1. “This new law has been voted in the French parliament and makes it illegal to film and publish images of police officers”

    Well, it looks like the end of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”, a phrase made popular during the French Revolution.
    Too bad, the Elites were never very keen on these ideas anyway. (and what the Elites want, the Elites get.)

    Like

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | November 22, 2020 | Reply


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