Journalists from France 2 attacked in Marseille during the demonstration against the health pass

Two journalists from France 2 who covered the demonstration against the sanitary pass in Marseille, Saturday, July 24, were insulted, pushed around and chased away by several individuals, according to several sources.

France Télévisions has announced that it will file a complaint against the perpetrators of these facts, condemning “Unspeakable acts” and recalling “The fundamental principle of freedom of the press”.

The prefecture of police of Bouches-du-Rhône has also indicated that it condemns “This act, like any form of attack on press freedom” and brought “His support” to the targeted journalists.

“That’s when it got out of hand”

Asked by Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of the two journalists taken to task said that he was at the head of the demonstration, with his colleague, an image reporter, taking pictures of the procession when people asked them if they were from BFMTV. The reporter replied: “No, it’s France 2”.

“That’s when it got out of hand”, said the first journalist who did not wish to be named. “They insulted us by telling us Break up, kicked JRI [journaliste reporter d’images] to try to bring it down. I also took a blow to the knee but I did not realize it until later as I was so focused on my JRI which was in front of me for fear that something happened to him ”, he said.

On a video posted on Twitter by the journalist Taha Bouhafs, we can see the cameraman surrounded and booed by demonstrators. He is chased down an adjacent street by a group of people, one of whom tries to hit him as he starts running to escape them.

The two journalists owed their salvation in particular to the presence of bodyguards who accompany them in this type of demonstration since the movement of “yellow vests”, according to them. The video shows one of them protecting the JRI by blocking an aggressive protester.

More than 4,000 people, according to the police, marched Saturday in Marseille against the health pass. The Ministry of the Interior has identified 161,000 demonstrators throughout France, in more than 160 cities.

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The World with AFP