16 Dec 2019 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 09 Feb 2017 n° 13/2017 France

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

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
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.
16 Dec 2019: On 16 December 2019, given that Paul Larrouturou, Mediapart or Quotidien did not follow-up on the case with the competent authorities, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
06 Feb 2017
OSCE Freedom of Media Representative calls the violent expulsion of journalist from public event unacceptable
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