"The journalists of LCI attacked by the yellow vests are responsible for what they undergo," wrote Saturday the former Minister Noëlle Lenoir on Twitter.
Several journalists were taken part Saturday during act IX of the demonstrations of
"Yellow vests" in France and a security guard who accompanied a team of LCI was hit in Rouen.
– noelle lenoir (@noellelenoir) January 12, 2019
Journalists "responsible" for the violence they endure
"They gave a platform at the air for violence, provocation to murder, insult and stupidity," she wrote on the same tweet, calling for a shields.
"Journalists are responsible for what they suffer" is the new "She wore a short skirt". For the youngest of us this person is a former minister 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/bKuR0ZHtCF
– Faïza Zerouala (@faizaz) January 12, 2019
Ah, the press! It would be so much simpler if she did not do her job, did not she? https://t.co/xtjDqZmnxa
– Jean-Baptiste Garat (@Figarat) January 13, 2019
This Sunday, the one who is now a lawyer for the firm Kramer Levin clarified his words. "Those who think that I legitimize violence and do not defend the #FreePresse (see my gallery below) have not understood my concern to bring back the #GJ to their real size to protect the #journalists who are victims ".
Those who think that I legitimize violence and do not advocate # libertéPresse (see my gallery below) did not understand my concern to bring back #GJ to their real size to protect the #journalistes who are the victims https://t.co/QCaMd1sUdu
– noelle lenoir (@noellelenoir) January 13, 2019
In early January, Noëlle Lenoir had already targeted the coverage of "yellow vests" made by the media.
It's time for the bosses #media radio and TV (except #RussiaToday propagandist accredited furious of #GJ) meet for a way out of crisis at the height of the situation, or they are not surprised to be the sprinkler watered and first affected by radical violence
– noelle lenoir (@noellelenoir) January 6, 2019
A video broadcast by the regional daily Paris Normandy shows this agent, who accompanied a colleague with two journalists from the news channel, being surrounded and beaten by several people, some wearing a yellow vest, while he was on the ground. In Paris, a team of journalists from LCI was also attacked by some protesters and a journalist thrown to the ground before being protected by other protesters, said an AFP journalist.
On the government side, the reaction is very different. The Minister of Culture Franck Riester denounced on Twitter an "ignoble lynching" in Rouen. The spokesman of the government Benjamin Grivaux, he, pushed a "blow of jaw" on the social network: "For weeks teams of journalists are taken apart and undergo violence on the part of demonstrators everywhere in France".
VIDEO @paris_normandie. A team of journalists from the chain @LCI targeted by protesters to #Rouen. The two journalists were accompanied by two security guards, one of whom had to be taken to the hospital.
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– paris_normandie (@paris_normandie) January 12, 2019