News FranceEurope – Central Asia News June 4, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia January 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Malian journalists arresting for filming deportation at airport Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Follow the news on France to go further Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders protested today at the arrest of two Malian journalists who filmed the deportation of a group of Malian illegal immigrants on a plane at a Paris airport.The two journalists, Youssouf Touré, a reporter for the Malian state TV company ORTM, and cameraman Boubakar Diallo, were “simply doing their job by trying to inform the public about the unacceptable practices of the French police,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy.”We call on you to amend the law banning filming or photographing in restricted areas to prevent it being used as an excuse to reduce the freedom to inform the public,” he said.The Malian journalists were in a plane about to leave for Bamako, the Malian capital, from Charles de Gaulle airport when fighting broke out between police and those being deported. They filmed police beating one handcuffed immigrant at the back of the aircraft.The police made the journalists get off the plane, seized the cameraman’s film and accused them of “filming in a plane and obstructing the movement of aircraft.” They were held for two and a half hours and then freed after intervention by the Malian embassy in Paris. The confiscated film was not returned. May 10, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation
Boarding1Now/iStockBy ALEX STONE, MINA KAJI and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — A man was struck and killed by a Southwest Airlines plane as it was landing on the runway of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport late Thursday, according to airport officials.The man who died was not an employee at the airport and hopped the perimeter fence to gain access to the runway, Austin airport spokesperson Bryce Dubee confirmed to ABC News.“We are treating it as a security breach,” Dubee said. “This is the first time we’ve had a runway incursion like this. We have had the occasional security breach, but no one has ever gotten onto an active runway at the airport.”The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement on Friday that it “is conducting a check of the perimeter of the airport property with the airport’s security team.”The pilot of the Southwest flight from Dallas to Austin reported the man on the runway to air traffic control after it was cleared to land.“Where exactly do you see the man?” the controller asked.“They are behind us now,” the pilot said.Southwest Airlines said in a statement to ABC News that the aircraft “maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible” shortly after the the Boeing 737 touched down.Austin Police Department’s airport unit later discovered “an obviously deceased adult male” on the runway, a spokesperson for the police department said.The scene was cleared overnight, according to an airport official, and the runway reopened early Friday morning.Southwest said none of the 59 people on board the flight were injured in the incident and that it is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration.FAA investigators deployed to the scene last night. The agency has not confirmed whether or not the aircraft struck the victim.A spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board said it is still gathering information and has not launched an official investigation at this time.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.