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“To attack journalists is to order them to be silent in the face of the coming violence”

Tribune. Attacks on journalists are on the rise. The scene of the gun pointed at them by Eric Zemmour [mercredi 20 octobre, à Milipol, le salon consacré à la sécurité intérieure, à Villepinte, en Seine-Saint-Denis] is obviously as much a program as a provocation. This staging aims to trivialize the use of weapons in public debate. Seeing a candidate for the presidential election, therefore obtaining the codes of the French nuclear force, pointing, for fun, a weapon in front of anyone plunges us into astonishment.

We who read in this period even the tragic stories of the survivors of the Bataclan [alors que se tient actuellement le procès des attentats du 13-Novembre] We can only be petrified by the image – transformed into a joke – of this violence. Nothing will be able to prevent us from making this obscene connection. Because targeting journalists with a gun is obscene afterwards Charlie Hebdo, after the Bataclan. “Ob-scene” is what must remain behind the scene. This should not be represented, according to the codes of tragic theater, precisely because its image is so violent that it paralyzes all thought.

Constant pressure on the press

It is not, we are told, ” first degree “. Well, let’s take it in the second degree: it is therefore to pretend to target journalists, which is the exact definition of threatening them. Why did everyone read a scarcely pictorial threat? Because the pressure on the press is constant today. Not an imaginary pressure, that of an alleged left of the media which would pour out its Soviet propaganda in the public service transformed into Pravda. This unworthy “one” for a newspaper [celle du Figaro Magazine le vendredi 22 octobre, consacrée à l’audiovisuel public], moreover, himself largely a beneficiary of aid to the written press, is basically a well-known rhetorical process for accusing others of what one is guilty of oneself. That is to say, the rejection of pluralism.

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But, more deeply, it is the very idea of ​​an independent public service, blithely mixing the interventions of journalists, columnists and editorial writers of all persuasions, progressives, conservatives, or nothing at all (and I will not give here any list, because drawing up lists of names to classify people according to what they think is a symptom of totalitarianism), the idea of ​​a public audiovisual service not responding to the orders of any totalitarian ideology whatsoever, but precisely embodying freedom of expression, which is one of the pillars of our Republic and which we honored in memory of Samuel Paty.

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