France’s Constitutional Council Rejects Move to Censor Police Photos

France’s constitutional council rejected on Thursday a controversial provision of the country’s “global security” law, making it an offense to maliciously share images that identify operating police officers.

The new legislation happened after a widespread protest happened in the country which also drew criticism from human rights groups and journalists, who feared it would curtail press freedom and lead to less police accountability.

The rallies prompted the French government to announce a “complete new rewrite” of the contested article, which had originally been approved by the country’s Senate.

The offense was punishable by up to five years in prison and a €75,000 fine.

With the new decision, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he would make proposals to the prime minister to “improve” the provisions that were rejected by the constitutional council.

Linda Kebbab of Unité SGP Police FO union said that the rejection of the provision showed that France was “stagnating on the rights” of some humans and continues to deprive police officers of the right to protect their identity.

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