Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR

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first_img Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence June 17, 2019 Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR Help by sharing this information Florent Verges et Charles Bouessel, journalistes pour l’agence France-Presse (AFP) en RCA. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that two French journalists were beaten by police and then arrested while covering a banned opposition demonstration in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on 15 June, and calls for those responsible to be identified and punished. Vergnes and his AFP colleague Charles Bouessel were then subjected to an interrogation lasting several hours during which they were accused of helping to organize the protest. Part of their equipment was smashed and confiscated. They were finally freed after being held for six hours. Follow the news on Central African Republic “Members of the Central African Office for the Suppression of Banditry (OCRB) gave me several kicks, punches and blows with their guns when I identified myself to them as an accredited journalist,” Agence France-Presse reporter Florent Vergnes said. Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence The CAR is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation News April 6, 2021 Find out more RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites Receive email alerts to go further News CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says RSF_en “The withdrawal of the charges against these two journalists is essential but far from sufficient,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk “The police who violently attacked these two journalists in the course of their reporting and then used trumped-up charges in an attempt to disguise their blunder must be prosecuted and punished appropriately.  How this case is handled will serve as a test of the state of press freedom in the CAR.” News Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR News December 13, 2019 Find out more May 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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