Thousands of French gathered in the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest against a bill that would criminalize the publication of pictures of police officers to harm them.
According to Reuters, activists, trade unionists and journalists chanted during the protest, which was organized in a square in western Paris, the slogan “Everyone wants to photograph the police,” and some raised banners that read: “We will leave our phones when you drop your weapons.”
On the other hand, supporters of the bill asserted that police officers and their families need protection from online harassment or direct harassment while they are out of service, while opponents say it will violate journalists’ freedom to uncover facts and make it difficult to hold police officers accountable for any violations, including the excessive use of force, which is a matter of concern. Increasingly.
According to “Reuters”, the new law punishes violators with up to a year in prison, in addition to a 45 thousand euros fine, and some are planning to organize similar protests in Marseille, Lille, Montpellier, Rennes, and Saint-Etienne.