End of Honey Moon between Macron and press? New French govt sends ‘worrying’ signs on press freedom, French journalists say

FRANCE24: The new government of French President Emmanuel Macron is showing “extremely worrying” signs of hostility towards the independence of the press, unions representing journalists in around 20 French media groups said Tuesday. In commentary posted on several websites, the Societe des Journalistes (SDJ) chapters accused the government formed last month of using pressure tactics and legal threats against their journalists. Signatories include Agence France-Presse‘s SDJ chapter as well as those of the dailies Le Monde, Liberation and Les Echos, and of the broadcasters Radio France, Europe 1, BFMTV and France 2. The commentary states that last week, “two ministers sent extremely worrying signals regarding the way they conceive of the independence of media and the protection of sources.”