EU WARNS FRANCE: SECURITY LAW THREATENS PRESS FREEDOM


24/11/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Christian Wigand, a spokesman for the European Commission, commented on France's draft Security law that “the media should work freely.”

"The Commission does not comment on draft laws," said Wigand, commenting on France's move, which was met with reaction, especially by non-governmental organizations and media outlets. “But it goes without saying that in times of crisis, it is more important than anything for journalists to do their jobs freely and safely," he added.

"As always, the commission reserves the right to audit the compliance of the final law with the laws of the European Union," spokesman Christian Wigand said.

France's parliament on Friday approved a security bill that criminalizes the sharing of images that could harm police officers "physically or psychologically" while on duty.

Especially article 24 of the security law has long been the focus of criticism on the grounds that it would lead to reasons such as "increasing police violence and restricting press freedom."

If the security law is approved by the Senate after the National Assembly passes, it will be a crime in France to share videos and photos on social media without blurring the faces of police. Those who do not comply with the security law can be sentenced to at least 1 year in prison or a fine of 45 thousand euros.

After the draft law, 33 famous names, including filmmaker Costa-Gavras, political scientist Olivier Roy and national footballer Lilian Thuram, who voted for President Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 presidential election, called for the regulation to be withdrawn.


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