Demonstrations organized throughout France against the bill on police images


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PARIS (AP) – Human rights activists and journalists’ organizations staged street protests in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a security bill they say is a violation freedom of information.

The proposed measure would create a new criminal offense of posting images of police officers with the intent to harm them.

The government says it aims to protect police officers from calls to violence online. Critics fear that, if passed, the measure will endanger journalists and others who take videos of police officers at work, especially during violent protests.

Saturday’s protests were called by Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International France, the League for Human Rights, journalists’ unions and other groups.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the French Ombudsman for Human Rights also expressed concerns this week about the risks that the measure violates fundamental rights.

In response to criticism, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday an amendment to the measure to clarify that it “will not hinder freedom of information” and that it will focus only on the images broadcast with an intention ” clear ”of harming a police officer.

Violators would face a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros ($ 53,000).

The bill is defended by lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron’s party, which has a majority in the National Assembly.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday, which also includes other security measures. He will then go to the Senate.


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