JOURNALIST Graham Holliday has written about the outbreak of violence in Toulouse during a Jean Marie le Pen rally, highlighting both the story and the techniques he used.
Worryingly he also writes about how police officers asked for proof that he was a journalist in light of recent rules introduced to supposedly restrict the filming of "happy slapping" attacks.
At the time it was highlighted by France's leading blogger Loic le Meur, who is a strong supporter of interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, that the new rules were introduced to stop the filming and publication of violent acts.
Opponents of the rules, led by civil liberties group Odebi, said it would be very easy for police officers to use these rules to forbid members of the public from filming street violence and police action.
Graham's piece quotes the experience of a member of the public whose photographs were deleted by the police and told he would be arrested if he was seen in the area again.
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