Front National Refuses to Grant Accreditations to Mediapart and Quotidien on the Occasion of the Party’s "Presidential Congress”

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Year 09 Feb 2017 Country France Category C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists Source of threat Non-state Partner EFJ/IFJ , Index , RSF Alert level Level 2
09 Feb 2017 France C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists Non-state EFJ/IFJ , Index , RSF Level 2

On 31 January 2017, the accreditation requests submitted by Mediapart, an online information website, and le Quotidien news show, broadcast by the television channel TMC, on the occasion of the "Presidential Congress" of Marine Le Pen, which were held in Lyon on 4 and 5 February 2017, were turned down by the Front National. The Front National regularly refuses access to its events to these two media, accusing them of "militant" coverage. The Quotidien team was also prevented from doing its job on 1 February 2017, while Marine Le Pen was heading to the Salon des Entrepreneurs in Paris. The journalists were violently sidelined by security officers. The journalist Paul Larrouturou, who was accredited, had just asked a question to Marine Le Pen about accusations regarding fictitious jobs in the European Parliament targeting her party.

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