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Protests Mount over Controversial French Law That Would Ban Publication of Images of Police

HeadlineNov 23, 2020

In France, protests are ramping up against a controversial new bill that would ban the publication of images of on-duty police officers and expand the power of law enforcement, including through the use of surveillance drones. Press freedom and human rights groups, including the U.N. Human Rights Council, have condemned the bill, which passed its first hurdle in the Parliament Friday and will undergo another vote by lawmakers Tuesday. This is journalist and co-founder of news outlet Mediapart, Edwy Plenel, speaking from a Paris protest Saturday.

Edwy Plenel: “What this government is trying to do is for us to stop carrying out this vigilance, for citizens, whistleblowers, for journalists in possession or not of a press card, to be more and more hindered in revealing the failings of the state. And if that happens, it’s the end of democracy.”

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