No, the press should not be a scapegoat!

In recent weeks, throughout France, during the demonstrations of "yellow vests", journalists are prevented from exercising, insulted, physically abused, or even injured, by demonstrators and / or police officers. Newspapers face intimidation and publication blocking. On social networks, the invectives are legion against the media.

And the list of attacks on freedom of the press is growing inexorably. The simple fact that it is now necessary for journalists of the protection officers to hope to return safely to their writing is unacceptable.

In a climate of mistrust vis-à-vis the media, criticism is necessary. The press is not free from reproach. And the journalists on the ground are the first to question the daily on the most fair way and the most honest to cover the news. But no mistrust towards the profession, whatever it is, nor any disagreement with an editorial line, a title or a report can not justify the violence of these last weeks.

Preventing journalists from doing their job is to prevent citizens from being informed, it is simply to threaten democracy.

Journalists' Societies (SDJ) and Editorial Societies (SDRs) editorial teams, journalists' associations, trade unions, the Informer collective is not a crime, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns violence in the strongest possible terms. They strongly recall that the freedom to inform is fundamental and indispensable to a healthy democracy. Journalists are there to report information, including in countries where freedom of the press does not exist.

They provide support to all journalists and accompanying persons who, in recent weeks, have been assaulted or injured by covering mobilisations of "yellow vests".

The petitioners:

Journalists' Societies (LDS), Societies of writers (SDR) or Civil Society of the journalists of: AFP, Challenges, the Tribune, Le Figaro, the JDD, the World, the Parisian - Today in France, the Point, Les Echos, L'Express, Liberation, Obs, Paris Match, Front lines, Télérama, Southwest, 20 Minutes, M6, France Info,, France Inter, Europe 1, France Radio, RFI, RTL, BFMTV, Cnews, TV Franceinfo, France 2, France 3, France 24, LCP, TF1

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

The Association of Journalists of Social Information (Ajis), the Association of Parliamentary Journalists (AJP), the Association of Media Journalists (AJM), the Association of Judicial Press (APJ), the Association of presidential press (APP), the Informer collective is not a crime,

The National Union of Journalists (SNJ), the National Union of Journalists CGT (SNJ-CGT), the CFDT-journalists