The Prime Minister will set up “an independent commission responsible for proposing a new wording of article 24” of the comprehensive security bill. An article already voted by the National Assembly but which continues to cause controversy.
On the evening of November 26, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that he was going to set up “an independent commission responsible for proposing a new writing of article 24” of the proposed comprehensive security law, according to Matignon.
The contentious article – voted on at first reading by the National Assembly and which must be submitted to the Senate – provides for penalizing the malicious dissemination of the image of police and gendarmes. He is all the more criticized by the oppositions after the case of alleged police violence that affected a music producer on November 21 in Paris.
The commission, created on the proposal of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and which will see at its head the president of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), Jean-Marc Burguburu, must return its work “for the end of the month of December ”. The objective is to “usefully feed the examination of the proposed law on” global security “in January in the Senate while respecting the prerogatives of national representation”, according to the Prime Minister’s services.
Jean Castex announced the creation of this commission after a meeting with a delegation of press publishers ‘unions and representatives of journalists’ collectives, including Reporters Without Borders, but boycotted by journalists ‘unions and journalists’ companies.
Christophe Castaner expresses his “astonishment”
Shortly after the announcement, the parliamentary group of La République en Marche in the National Assembly, however, said on Twitter “attached to parliamentary work, guaranteeing the balance of our institutions”, in a hollow criticism of the process. by Jean Castex.
Members of the group @LaREM_AN recall their attachment to parliamentary work, which guarantees the balance of our institutions.
The examination of the proposed law for comprehensive security will continue in Parliament; the members of the LaREM group will play their full part. (2/2)
– LaREM deputies (@LaREM_AN) November 26, 2020
“The consideration of the comprehensive security bill will continue in Parliament; the deputies of the LREM group will take their full part in it, ”warned the Macronist elected representatives, while the Global Security text was initiated by two parliamentarians from the majority, and not from that of the government.
In an internal message addressed to his troops and that AFP was able to consult, the boss of the group and former Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner, also explained that he had told the Prime Minister of his “astonishment” at the creation of this commission. “I asked him that the object of this commission, beyond article 24, also relates to the right to inform and the freedom of the press”, he explains, affirming his will that “the national representation continues to pursue its own mission ”and that the deputies of his group“ y [prennent] their whole share ”.
Faced with the multiplication of oppositions to article 24, Jean Castex had already announced on November 24 that he was going to seize the Constitutional Council himself.