Faced with protests over the measure, the French parliament decided on Monday to drop a controversial plank of a new security bill that would restrict the right to film or take photos of police officers on duty.
Christophe Castaner, leader of the ruling LREM party, told a press conference that the article would be rewritten and a new version submitted to parliament soon.
Section 24 of the bill sparked controversy for ordering one year in prison or a fine of € 45,000 ($ 53,700) for disseminating “images of a face or anything else identifying a police officer. national or the gendarmerie acting within the framework of a maintenance of order. operation… with the aim of harming his physical or psychological integrity. ”
Supporters of the bill argued that it would protect law enforcement, whose members are often harassed.
Free speech advocates have said it will muzzle the free press and hamper efforts to contain police abuse.
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