“We will not accredit our journalists to cover the demonstrations”

Editorial managers, we are concerned about the will of the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, to undermine press freedom in the context of the demonstrations.

The expressed desire to ensure the protection of journalists amounts to supervising and controlling their work. This device is part of a particularly worrying context with the proposed law on global security which provides for the restriction of the dissemination of images of police and gendarmes.

Journalists do not have to approach the police headquarters to cover a demonstration. There is no accreditation to have to exercise our profession freely on public roads.

We will therefore refuse to accredit our journalists to cover the demonstrations.

We reaffirm our commitment to the 1881 Press Freedom Act and will be vigilant to ensure that it is preserved.

The petitioners : AFP, BFM TV, “Le Canard enchaîné”, “Charlie hebdo”, CNews, “Courrier international”, the editorial staff of France Télévisions, the HuffPost, “la Croix”, “la Croix hebdo”, “la Vie”, LCI, “Les Echos”, “l’Express”, “le Figaro”, “le Figaro Magazine”, “le Point”, “le Monde”, “le JDD”, “Paris Match”, “le Parisien / Today in France ”,“ Liberation ”,“ l’Obs ”, M6,“ Marianne ”, Mediapart,“ Télérama ”,“ Challenges ”, the editorial staff of Radio France, RMC, RTL, TF1, Europe 1.

Original article by : www.leparisien.fr

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