“They run amok on us”
“A 18h45, you are about to make a direct phone to JT to tell of the events. We came with a car reportage unmarked. Before leaving our equipment, we will see how it goes. It is on the outside of the box, the more tense, to 500 meters approximately, with other people next to us.
“Young scooter filter the entries in the neighborhood. You decide to take out a small camera to record a plateau, while remaining a good distance away. Soon, two masked men on a scooter arrive at a hundred meters from us and they bring out a weapon, like a kalashnikov. We decide to leave. An inhabitant warns us at the same time not to stay because other young people are coming with baseball bats.
“We returned in the car all three. We don’t have the time to go. They are about fifteen around the car. A window is open. They ask us who we are and we say that we are journalists at France 3 Bourgogne. It is at this time that they are unleashed upon us, shattering windows, throwing us stones, tapping on the car with their bats, throwing us glass bottles. It takes flight, while avoiding… My two colleagues were slightly injured by broken glass. In the wake, we went to file a complaint at the police station in Dijon.”
“I am very shocked. When one goes to work in the morning, we don’t say that we will be attacked. We just wanted to do our job to tell what is happening in the neighborhood of Grésilles. It is neither to a community nor to one another, but just to report objectively the facts,” said our reporter.
France 3 made a complaint
In the Face of this such events, the management of France 3 Bourgogne has decided to file a complaint. In a statement, it strongly denounced this aggression : “By chance, the three persons of the team who were aboard were not injured but the condition of their vehicle suggests that it would have been dramatic. (…) It brings all its support to the three victims of the attack and the complaint in the name of Francetélévisions”.
Unfortunately, other teams from France 3 have been threatened or assaulted while they were simply their profession, the one to always inform the most just. This was particularly the case in January 2019, in the margin of the manifestations of yellow vests to Marseille and Toulon.
Since yesterday, messages of support for our team of France 3 Bourgogne multiply. On the part of other journalists, but also anomymes, denouncing such violence, incomprehensible.