Media ‘in cahoots’ with French govt: Censored Yellow Vest protester speaks to RT

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Jean-Baptiste Redde speaks to RT (R) ; Redde with his sign during a protest. The signs reads: Macron Out! © AFP / Geoffroy Van der Hasselt, the photographer, knows perfectly well what he shot.
A French news channel’s eyebrow-raising edit has reinforced the belief that the media “are in cahoots” with the country’s political elite, a Yellow Vest protester, whose anti-Macron placard was airbrushed from a photo, told RT.

Jean-Baptiste Redde said he was shocked when he learned that TV channel France 3 had sanitized an AFP photograph showing him holding a sign that read “Macron out.” The channel, which dropped the “out” part of Redde’s message, blamed the curious Photoshop-job on a “human error.”

That explanation was far from being enough for the activist. “The censorship by France 3 casts a shadow on the media in general,” he told RT France. 

The protesters start to think that the media are in cahoots with politicians and the financial elite. Such sort of censorship doesn’t help the situation.

Those who claim that the media intentionally “manipulate” people now see themselves as vindicated, Redde said, adding that reaction to troubling edit has been especially fierce on social media.

Also on rt.com ‘Macron… WHAT?’ French TV channel ‘censors’ photo of Yellow Vest protester’s placard (PHOTOS) Although the channel has characterized the photo altering as an honest mistake that “will not happen again,” Redde remains unconvinced.

I thought this through, and decided to file a complaint to the country’s media watchdog.

The Yellow Vest demonstrations, which began on November 17, were originally against a forthcoming fuel tax – but soon became a catalyst for expressing anger and frustration at President Emmanuel Macron’s administration.

The protests spread across France, with violence erupting in Paris and other cities. More than 4,500 people have been arrested during the month of unrest, while many others have been injured, including police.

The French government has announced it’s abandoning the plan to hike fuel prices and tax – but protests still continued, with people calling for broader reforms and even the resignation of Macron.


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“There are three kinds of violence. The first, the mother of all the others, is the institutional violence, the one that legalizes and perpetuates the dominations, the oppressions and the exploitations, the one that crushes and flattens millions of men in its silent and well oiled wheels. The second is revolutionary violence, which arises from the desire to abolish the first. The third is repressive violence, the object of which is to stifle the second by making itself the auxiliary and the accomplice of the first violence, the one that engenders all the others. There is no worse hypocrisy to call violence only the second, by pretending to forget the first, which gives birth to it, and the third which kills it. ”

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