PARIS (AP) – Lawmakers The party of French President Emmanuel Macron will rewrite the article most critical of the proposed security legislation, including a measure aimed at banning the publication of images of police officers intended to harm them.
The move comes after thousands of protesters marched in Paris and across the country on Saturday to reject the draft law.
In an apparent effort to calm criticism, the head of Macron’s party told the National Assembly, Christoph Castaner, on Monday, “The measure needs to be clarified.”
He said, “We are going to propose a new, complete rewrite of Article 24.
In its current version, the proposed law article publishes images of police officers intent on harming their “health or mental integrity”. Anyone found guilty can face up to a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros ($ 53,000).
The bill, championed by Macron’s party, was voted for the first time in the National Assembly last week. It is expected to be debated in the Senate early next year.
The government said that measures are needed to better protect police officers from online calls from violence.
Critics fear that if enacted, the law would ban freedom of information and media rights. They also say that it may prohibit the police from filming the public in cases that may be considered misconduct or police brutality.
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