Darmanin will propose an amendment to guarantee press freedom

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, will propose, Thursday, November 19, to introduce an amendment guaranteeing freedom of the press in the proposed law “comprehensive security”, examined in the Assembly and which arouses a controversy around the image of the police, confirmed his entourage at World.

This amendment must come to modify article 24 on which focuses the mistrust of opponents of the text and which must be debated Friday in session. This article provides for penalizing one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros for broadcasting “The image of the face or any other identifying element” a police officer or a gendarme in intervention, when the purpose of this is to “Attack on his physical or mental integrity”.

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The amendment, which will be proposed during a meeting Thursday evening with the boss of LRM deputies, Christophe Castaner, around the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, will come “Specify section 24” to ensure that “The freedom of the press is, of course, in no way threatened”, argued the entourage of Gerald Darmanin.

Concretely, this amendment will propose “To add the adverb” manifestly “” within the sentence of Article 24 : « In order that it be obviously violated his physical or mental integrity », And this, ” in order to characterize the intention “ to harm, continued the entourage of the Minister of the Interior. “The protection of the police thus remains fully assured”, declares Place Beauvau at World.

LRM deputies, like Roland Lescure, had suggested “Maybe change the writing” of this article to recall the ” freedom of press “. Supported by police unions, the measure penalizing the dissemination of images of police officers has jumped representatives of journalists and defenders of public freedoms.

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The MoDem deputies, allies of the majority, had expressed their desire to remove this provision from the text. “Darmanin weighed in not removing article 24, which some wanted to do. It is decided, there is no deletion ”, a source close to the matter told Agence France-Presse.

Gérald Darmanin had offended some “walkers” last week by evoking a hardening of the measure, via the mandatory blurring of the police, but he no longer refers to it since.

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