The arrest last 15 February of Haydee Saberan, journalist at Liberation, is not an isolated case. Whether it is the destruction of the Calais shantytown or the repression of solidarity at the Franco-Italian border, the arrests of journalists covering events are multiplying, where the government does not want witnesses.
On October 20, four British journalists working for The Independent and their Tunisian translator, covering the preparations for the destruction of the shantytown, were arrested and placed in custody under particularly degrading conditions. The four journalists were expelled to the United Kingdom, and the translator was locked up in a detention center and released.
On 26 October, Gaspar Glanz, a journalist from the Taranis News site, was arrested and detained for 33 hours and placed on judicial review pending trial, with judicial review hindering his work as a journalis, the ability to move.
On the Franco-Italian border, freelance photographer Ben Art’core was arrested on August 5, 2016 for inciting the rebellion, turning into outrage in verse four police officers who will not appear at the hearing. His trial was held on 15 February, the verdict is expected by 3 March.
In the night between the 19 and the 20 January 2017 the director of L’Âge de faire, Lisa Giacchinom was arrested while following a group of migrants during his work as a journalist. She was released without charges.
In the world ranking of press freedom made by Reporters sans frontières, France occupies the 45th place of 181 countries. It was 7th place further up before 2015-2016, which shows the result of the practices of the current government. On a wider overview, in 2002 was the 11th of 134 countries.