30 Nov 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 30 Nov 2018 Belgium

Violent Arrest of French Journalist Covering a 'Yellow Vests' Demonstration

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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Live coverage by the French digital channel Brut of the "Yellow Vests" demonstration held in Brussels on 30 November 2018 was interrupted following the violent arrest of journalist Rémy Buisine by the Belgian police. While filming clashes between police officers and "Yellow Vests" behind the police, a police officer violently detained the journalist, who had spontaneously presented his official press card. The journalist was thrown to the ground. The police tied his hands together. Rémy Buisine was released after half an hour without explanation. He was then only able to retrieve his press card and his video equipment. The Belgian Association of Professional Journalists (AJP) immediately asked for explanations from Prime Minister Charles Michel and Interior Minister Jan Jambon.
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