Proposed Security Bill Sparks Protests and Outrage in France

Protests and demonstrations broke out against a proposed new law that could make it illegal to publish images of police officers in France.

Protests and demonstrations broke out against a proposed new law that could make it illegal to publish images of police officers in France. 

Journalists, rights groups, Yellow Vest protesters, and victims of police violence filled the streets in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille, and in other French cities.

The protests soon escalated into clashes which prompted the police to fire water cannons and tear gas after the protesters allegedly started damaging property.

Footage being shared on Twitter has shown journalists being beaten and detained by security forces.

The proposed security bill would make it illegal to “disseminate, by whatever means and on whatever medium, with the aim of damaging physical or psychological integrity, the image of the face or any other element of identification of an official of the national police or a member of the national gendarmerie when they are acting in the context of a police operation.”

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) criticized the proposal and said it was “open to interpretation and hard to determine.”

It was also believed that the proposed security bill would work as a “gag law” similar to the one in Spain since 2015, which prevents attempts to hold police accountable.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin defended that police forces are being targeted, and the bill is necessary to “protect those who protect us.”


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