19 Dec 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 22 Nov 2019 n° 138/2019 France

Journalist Nadège Picard Targeted by Police Fire

Source of threatState
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 16 November 2019, Nadège Picard, a journalist for Info line agency, was injured by police fire in Toulouse. At the time she was photographing a tear gas canister on the ground during demonstrations commemorating the anniversary of the "Yellow Vests" protests. Wearing a helmet bearing a "Press" badge and an armband with the same mention, the journalist was clearly identified and had shown her press card to a police officer shortly before the events. While no potential danger warranted intervention, she was hit simultaneously by a shot from a riot gun (LDB) and a shot from a grenade launcher. The medical report found a hematoma measuring 32 centimetres by 21 centimetres with two impacts on the thigh. The journalist referred the matter to the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) and the Defender of Rights.
Within a year, the National Union of Journalists (SNJ) has reported nearly 200 cases of journalists molested, injured, intimidated and prevented from working by police, gendarmes or magistrates.
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