Romania: Bucharest police hit, arrest German cameraman at protest

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure News Receive email alerts November 23, 2020 Find out more News RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns German freelance cameraman Christian Gesellmann’s violent arrest by police officers while covering an anti-government demonstration in Bucharest on Wednesday 1 February. The police hit Gesellmann and held him for several hours for refusing to delete or surrender the video he had shot of clashes between police officers and hooligans during the protest. Gesellmann was not clearly identified as a journalist and did not have a Romanian press card. But it would not have taken the police long to confirm that he was indeed a journalist, instead of detaining him and confiscating his video recording. Journalists in Romania often report being the targets of intimidation. Many cases of political and economic harassment have been registered in the past two years. “We ask the Romanian authorities to respect the law and to no longer demand that journalists surrender or delete video recordings or photos,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “It is the job of journalists to cover events. Any interference of this kind in their work constitutes a violation of media freedom.” Romania is ranked 49th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. February 2, 2017 – Updated on February 3, 2017 Romania: Bucharest police hit, arrest German cameraman at protest Riot police officers and demonstrators in Bucharest / AFP Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor to go further RSF_en Organisation News News Follow the news on Romania Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive last_img read more