French MPs discuss ban on filming police officers

French police officers stand at a security perimeter following a knife attack at the Notre Dame Basilica church in Nice, France, 29 October 2020. [EPA-EFE/SEBASTIEN NOGIER]

French MPs are currently examining a bill that would prohibit the publication of images allowing the identification of law enforcement officers if the purpose of the broadcast is to harm their “physical or psychological integrity” – something which police unions have been demanding for some time.

Considering that it involves “considerable risks of infringement of several fundamental rights”, wrote Rights Defender Claire Héron in a very critical opinion of the bill published on Thursday.

“Informing the public and publishing images related to police interventions are legitimate and necessary for democratic functioning,” she added.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, for his part, has backed the bill, and even launched an accelerated procedure to ensure the text is adopted by parliament after a single reading.

(Lucie Duboua-Lorsch  | EURACTIV.FR)


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