16 Dec 2019 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 05 Aug 2019 n° 90/2019 France

Journalists Banned from Covering the Evacuation of Amazon France's Headquarters

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 2 July 2019 at around 5 p.m., around ten journalists, including Rémy Buisine (Brut), Matthieu Jublin (LCI), and Alfred de Montesquiou (freelancer), were expelled from Amazon France's offices in Clichy by the Gendarmerie, along with the environmental activists who occupied the premises. Without explanation, the gendarmes escorted the journalists to the Clichy-City Hall metro station. Subsequently, law enforcement prevented journalists from approaching Amazon's offices, while many people were walking by and many vehicles were driving on the street without being stopped or even checked.
The Paris Prefecture de police explained that the civil authority in charge of the law enforcement system had set up an exclusion zone to ensure performance of the various law enforcement missions required. The Prefecture did not explain why the exclusion measure had been applied only to journalists. Journalists denounced the arbitrary and discriminatory nature of the intervention.
16 Dec 2019: On 16 December 2019, given that no complaint was filed by the journalists or their employers, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
27 Nov 2019

Key information :

Alfred de Montesquiou, Amar Taoualit

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