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Journalists, recurring targets of demonstrators against the health pass

2021-08-01T15:26:09.613Z

Several violent attacks took place this Saturday against AFP journalists and regional newsrooms. " Me, it's been a year since I turned on the television, " welcomed a demonstrator on Saturday anti-health pass in the procession led by the president of the Patriots Florian Philippot. From one Saturday demonstration to another, many participants repeat their loss of confidence in the traditional media and congratulate themselves on their “ emancipation ”. Social networks have become, for some, t



"

Me, it's been a year since I turned on the television,

" welcomed a demonstrator on Saturday anti-health pass in the procession led by the president of the Patriots Florian Philippot.

From one Saturday demonstration to another, many participants repeat their loss of confidence in the traditional media and congratulate themselves on their “

emancipation

”.

Social networks have become, for some, the main flow of information.

Read also: Health pass: "Why the anti-Covid bill disproportionately clashes with a number of fundamental freedoms"

But in recent weeks, mistrust has turned into violence. This Saturday, two AFP journalists responsible for covering the rally from Montparnasse, in Paris, were the target of insulting cries ("

AFP motherfuckers

") before demonstrators prevented them from taking their shots and did not spit on them. Coverage of this demonstration by the French press agency was interrupted in the process. This Sunday, AFP reacted on Twitter by recalling "

its firm commitment to verified, balanced, independent information on the ground

". AFP also denounces an "

obstacle to the freedom to inform and the integrity of its journalists, who were only doing their job by covering this event

".

Recurring altercations

These attacks are part of a climate of recurring mistrust of the media in the anti-health pass processions.

This Friday within the procession that left Montparnasse, the organizers have on several occasions invited the demonstrators to boo the journalists, qualified by a speaker present on the platform as “

peripatetic

” wishing the recognition of the elites “

who despise them

”.

In Reims, journalists from France Bleu say they have been treated as "

liars

" by a protester who added: "

the journalists are either unemployed or whores.

"

Journalists from France Bleu Belfort Montbéliard were also targeted by the demonstrators, while they were in their premises. After trying to enter the offices of the regional daily Eastern Republican, demonstrators threw eggs on the window chanting "collaborators, collaborators".

During the Parisian demonstration of July 22, two journalists from BFMTV, the great reporter Igor Sahiri and the journalist reporter of images (JRI) Philippine David, had already been victims of a violent altercation.

Expelled from the Paris demonstration, they were violently attacked by demonstrators.

They subsequently received the support, on Twitter, of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and Roselyne Bachelot.

"To

attack the press is to attack democracy

", was moved the Minister of Culture.

To read also: "Antifascist and national imaginaries are found in the anti-sanitary pass demonstrations"

The same day, journalists from France Televisions were attacked and targeted by kicks from demonstrators in Marseille. France Télévisions has announced its willingness to file a complaint against the attackers.

Source: lefigaro

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