(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: The Eiffel Tower was the scene of the latest unrest in the capital directed at the law, which makes it illegal for the public and journalists to share images of police officers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: The rally, which went on amid a heightened police presence at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower, was organized by Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International as well as other human rights groups and journalist unions. Opponents of the Global Security Bill insist that it’s a major infringement on the freedom of the press: Activists carried banners decrying the law, chanted slogans, while also singing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Some in the crowd sported yellow vests, a symbol of the larger protest movement against economic injustice across France:

The rally was staged despite a national lockdown and a ban on public gatherings, in an attempt to stem a second wave of the coronavirus. Many demonstrators neglected social distancing rules and the government’s order to wear face masks:


The rally went on peacefully for hours, but tensions began rising after dark when some demonstrators started setting trash bins on fire: The protesters threw bottles and other objects at riot police, an RT France correspondent reported from the scene:


The police initially refrained from action, but then deployed a water cannon and to disperse the crowd.



Smaller protests against the law were also held in Marseille, Lille, Montpellier and other French cities on the day.

The Global Security Bill, which is pushed forward by the government of President Emmanuel Macron, among other things criminalizes the distribution of images of law enforcers by both the public and the media. A violation could carry a one-year prison sentence or a €45,000 fine.

The legislation got the greenlit from the National Assembly on Friday and is expected to be approved by the Senate next week. 

In response to the criticism, Prime Minister, Jean Castex, assured that the bill “won’t impede the freedom of information,” but will only focus on images shared with “clear” intent to harm a police officer. 

Emmanuel Macron has proposed controversial legislation that would ban the publication of pictures of police officers on duty

French move to outlaw images of police at work is a clumsy attempt to hide the everyday brutality that passes as law enforcement

Videos of police using excessive force against demonstrators and criminal suspects have recently caused a vast public outcry in France: The most vivid incident was the death of Paris man, Cédric Chouviat, in January, which strongly resembled what happened to George Floyd in the US: Chouviat, a 42-year-old father of five, was filmed shouting “I’m suffocating” as he was held down by seven officers. The probe into the case saw three officers charged with manslaughter:

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#AceNewsServices – USA:Jan.24: A  Texas court in Dallas sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months behind bars for links to the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Barrett Brown (Photo from Wikipedia.org)

Barrett Brown (Photo from Wikipedia.org)

In April the independent journalist entered a plea deal agreeing to charges of transmitting threats, acting as an accessory to hacking, and obstructing with the execution of a search warrant. In addition to the prison term, the 33-year-old has been ordered to pay nearly $900,000.

Brown had been facing a possible sentence of 8.5 years. His legal team and online supporters, however, argued that the more than two years the hacktivist had already spent in prison were enough.

The controversial case drew attention as a possible crackdown on free press when federal prosecutors charged Brown with fraud for merely sharing a link to a compilation of stolen credit card information from intelligence contractor Stratfor.

The charge was later dropped as part of plea deal he made in April.

The trove of data contained within the link related to subscriber data pilfered from Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a private intelligence company, when it was hacked by Anonymous in December 2011. Thousands of emails obtained in that compromise were later given to the whistleblower website WikIleaks and were subsequently published online.

However, in his sentencing statement Thursday morning Brown alleged that the Statfor hack served as the primary motivation in the government’s case against him.

“The fact that the government has still asked you to punish me for that link is proof, if any more were needed, that those of us who advocate against secrecy are to be pursued without regard for the rule of law, or even common decency,” Brown told the judge.

#BarrettBrown imprisoned for 28 months – his “crime”? – exposing the truth.#FreeBB#FreePress#FreeAnonspic.twitter.com/rdkunnwLoo

“You cannot traffic something that is already in the public domain,” Brown’s attorneys argued regarding the stolen data. But the court disagreed.

According to federal sentencing guidelines, Brown should have expected 51 to 63 months in prison. US District Judge Sam Lindsay gave him the maximum term advised.

The $890,000 restitution money will go to Stratfor, Combined Systems and the Law Firm of Puckett and Faraj. All three companies were targeted by Anonymous.

Hacker and activist Jeremy Hammond pleaded guilty in May 2013 to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as a member of the Internet collective known as Anonymous for his role in the Stratfor breach. Brown’s mother, Karen Lancaster McCutchin, was sentenced in November 2013 to six months’ probation and a $1,000 fine after she pleaded guilty to helping her son keep laptops from federal agents.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, condemned the prosecution of Brown.

“The Barrett Brown case is such an obvious injustice that a public campaign by his lawyers to place the Beckel statement back into its proper context would be an obvious step for his defence team,” Assange wrote on his site after the December sentencing hearing, noting that the situation personally involves him and WikiLeaks.


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