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Monday, March 1, 2021

French Parliament Approves Controversial Security Bill

The French parliament has approved the controversial Global Security Bill on Tuesday, despite criticisms by journalists and rights group.

The French parliament has approved the controversial Global Security Bill on Tuesday, despite criticisms by journalists and rights group.

The bill’s controversial Article 24 section which prohibits the publication of images of police officers ‘with the aim of harming his physical or mental integrity’, is punishable for a one-year prison sentence and fines of up to £45,000.

Critics say that these could impinge upon the freedom of the press and in holding police officers accountable. 

There were 388 who voted yes for the bill, 104 voted for no, and 66 abstained from voting. 

Prime Minister Jean Castex said, “The aim is not to prevent anyone from filming or broadcasting images that shed a light on a fact or a public event”. He said this law was meant to protect the police. 

The bill will now proceed to Senate in January. 

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