Those who violate the rule could be sentenced to up to a year in jail and pay a fine of 45,000 euros ($ 53,000).
Journalists and human rights activists starred on Saturday protests in paris and other French cities against a proposal that would prohibit taking photos or videos of police officers.
The activists denounce that the measure is a violation of freedom of the press and expression, while the government insists that it only seeks to protect agents from threats of violence when the photos are published on the internet.
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The protests on Saturday were called by the organization Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International, the League for Human Rights and various journalistic and civil associations in France.
The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has expressed fears that the protest would violate fundamental rights.
In Paris, thousands of protesters gathered in Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower shouting ‘Freedom! Freedom! ” We all want to film policemen! ‘
We are not here only to defend our profession, or press freedom or journalists’ rights, but to defend all fundamental rights, the rights of everyone, ” said Edwy Plenel, co-founder of the investigative website Mediapart.
Some members of the ‘yellow vest’ protest movement also joined the demonstration.
Police used water cannons to disperse rioters who staged a brawl in the middle of the protest. Twenty-three people were detained and one policeman was slightly injured, police said.
In response to criticism, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday an amendment to the text to clarify that it will ‘not impede freedom of information’ and that it will focus solely on the transmission of images with a ‘clear intention’ to endanger a police officer.
Emmanuel Poupard, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, indicated that in his opinion, the new amendment “does not change anything.”
The proposal “has only one objective: to preserve impunity for police officers and to cover up police brutality,” Poupard said.
Those who violate the norm could face sentences of up to one year in jail already pay a fine of 45,000 euros ($ 53,000).
The proposal is backed by lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron’s party, which has a majority in parliament. The vote on the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday. From there it must go to the Senate.
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