Several journalists having been taken to task, insulted or attacked during the mobilization against the health pass on July 31, the National Union of Journalists denounced “attacks on the freedom to inform and be informed”.
The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) condemned on August 1 the “attacks on freedom” of the press the day after new demonstrations against the health pass during which the media were “targeted”.
“Journalists taken to task, media targeted, press freedom was once again hampered, this Saturday, July 31, during anti-health pass demonstrations in France,” denounced the SNJ in a press release. . The union immediately condemned “attacks on the freedom to inform and be informed”.
The SNJ notably mentioned the France Bleu premises referred to in Montbéliard, the “collabo” tag inscribed on the window of the Dauphiné Libéré premises in Annecy, as well as the case of two journalists from the same newspaper and a team from the Agence France-Presse in Paris who were attacked.
Journalists taken to task, media targeted, press freedom has once again been hampered during anti-health pass demonstrations. @SNJ_national condemns these attacks on the freedom to inform and to be informed, wherever they come from https://t.co/5Ll4KgUnZEpic.twitter.com/Foz2od08Pz
– SNJ – first journalists’ union (@SNJ_national) August 1, 2021
AFP, stressing its “firm commitment to verified, balanced, independent information on the ground”, also denounced this August 1 in a tweet this “obstacle to the freedom to inform and integrity of its journalists ”. Two journalists reporters of images suffered insults and spitting from demonstrators during the departure of a procession, pushing AFP to interrupt its coverage of this rally.
Two AFP journalists were victims yesterday of insults, boos and spitting from groups of demonstrators during one of the Parisian demonstrations against the health pass in Montparnasse. Which led the agency to discontinue the coverage of this show 1/2
– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) August 1, 2021
This third consecutive Saturday of demonstrations against the health pass, which brought together more than 200,000 people, gave rise to 72 arrests throughout France, according to the Ministry of the Interior.