04 Dec 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 18 Sep 2019 n° 111/2019 France

Belgian Journalists Nicolas Lahaut and Adrien Heylen Fined and Detained by the Police

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On Saturday 7 September 2019, on the Champs Elysées, at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris (France), Belgian journalists Nicolas Lahaut and Adrien Heylen were arrested by the French police while covering a 'Yellow Vests' demonstration for the Belgian political magazine "Wilfried". The police immobilised the two journalists and several demonstrators for more than two hours. Nicolas Lahaut and Adrien Heylen showed their press cards to the police, who nevertheless refused to release them and imposed on them a fine of 135 euros for "participation in a prohibited demonstration".
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