11 Jun 2019 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 12 Nov 2015 n° 94/2015 France
Around Ten Journalists from France Télévisions Assaulted by Residents
On 9 November 2015, around ten journalists working for public channels France 2 Bordeaux and France 3 Aquitaine were attacked by residents while following members of the Bird Protection League (LPO) during an operation against chaffinch poaching in the Landes. The journalists, as well as members of the LPO, were insulted and assaulted. A photo journalist from France 2 Bordeaux was jostled; his camera was stolen and hidden in a home of one of the residents. Tires were punctured on vehicles owned by the two channels. The altercation, lasting about fifteen minutes, required police intervention, during which the camera was returned to the journalist. The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) confirmed that "France 2 correspondents filed a complaint against assaults and threats, illicit "confiscation" of the camera, as well as vehicle damage".
11 Jun 2019: On 11 June 2019, given the outcome of the legal proceedings, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
14 May 2019
On 14 May 2019, the Court of Cassation dismissed the appeal on points of law against the judgment of the Court of Appeal by Jean-Marc and Patrick Dutouya, and ordered each of them to pay €500 in damages to the League for the Protection of Birds.
26 Jul 2018
On 5 July 2018, the Court of Appeal of Pau released Eric Dutouya and sentenced Jean-Marc Dutouya for gun violence to a fine of 800 €uros, half of which was suspended. Patrick Dutouya was fined 1,000 €uros, half of which was suspended. The Court of Appeal also condemned the Dutouya brothers to pay 223 €uros to France Télévision for the material damage suffered while reporting.
- Statement by SNJ: "Le SNJ condamne les violences contre des équipes de France 2 et France 3"
- Article by France Télévisions info: "Landes : des écologistes et des journalistes agressés à coups de pelle"
- Article by Monde: "Militants écologistes et journalistes agressés à coups de pelle dans les Landes"
12 Feb 2018
Reply of the French authorities