French media rapped for Charlie Hebdo coverage – showing too much

France’s major TV and radio networks were formally rapped by the French broadcast regulator on Thursday for what it considered to be serious “breaches” in their coverage of the recent Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.

The warnings were issued for violations including: showing the moment two of the Islamist gunmen cold-bloodedly shot dead a policeman [pictured above]; identifying the two gunmen before police did so publicly; reporting that people were hiding in a Jewish supermarket taken over by a third gunmen; and providing live video feeds of the deadly police assault on the supermarket.

The Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) said it determined that 36 breaches of broadcast rules had been committed, to different degrees of gravity, by state channels France 24, France 2, France 3, France 5, France Info, France Inter and RFI as well as commercial broadcasters TF1, LCI, Euronews, Canal+, BFMTV, iTele, Europe 1, RMC and RTL.

The formal notifications served as warnings, but no penalties were imposed unless the outlets repeated the violations.

The CSA said in a statement it recognized the broadcasters’ role in “ensuring the public is informed” but that had to be balanced against “allowing law enforcement to fulfil their mission with the required effectiveness”…

…It added that it was recommending changes to broadcast rules to reinforce the protection of “human dignity” and public order during coverage of conflicts and terrorist acts…

Translation: Stop making Islam look bad. It hurts “social cohesion,” as the UK calls it. We can’t have citizens knowing what’s going on. Let’s hide behind meaningless weasel phrases like “human dignity.”