Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, condemns with indignation the attacks on journalists covering the demonstrations in Cairo, and in particular Caroline Sinz, journalist from France 3, on 24 November 2011.
On this day of international mobilization against violence
Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and
Communication, condemns with indignation the attacks
journalists covering the demonstrations in Cairo, and in
Caroline Sinz, journalist from France 3, on 24 November 2011.
It expresses its full support and solidarity to these
professionals, their team, their entourage and their writing. Frédéric
Mitterrand welcomes their courage and commitment, calling on the
Egyptian authorities to make every effort to ensure that such
actions do not happen again, and that journalists can
freely exercise their profession.
These acts, all the more revolting as they reach humanity and
the intimacy of their victims, remind us that the right to freedom
and information is not an abstract principle, but a
reality and a daily struggle for all professional journalists.
Patricia Allémonière, Hervé Ghesquière, Stéphane Taponnier, and
others: every day, many journalists continue to assume
and pay in their flesh this part of the risk inherent in their mission to
freedom of information service. They go where they’re not expected, where
they are not desired. Where violence kills freedom, they become
interpreters of those who arbitrarily try to gag. Their struggle
is not vain, it is not isolated, it is even less lonely.