February 13, 2017 – Updated on February 14, 2017 France: RSF defends French journalists against verbal and physical violence Receive email alerts Political rally near Poitiers on 9 February, 2017 / AFP Organisation News RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further News Follow the news on France Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about mounting verbal and physical violence against journalists by politicians and members of the public in recent weeks in France and reminds all concerned that the right to conduct investigative reporting must be respected.The Republicans party candidate François Fillon and some of his allies and supporters have verbally attacked and jeered journalists at campaign meetings ever since the Canard Enchaîné newspaper and the France 2 “Envoyé Spécial” TV programme reported that Fillon’s wife was paid a great deal for allegedly fictitious work.During a Fillon campaign meeting in Poitiers on 9 February, former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin got the crowd to boo journalists at length. A few minutes later, Fillon himself lambasted the media and blamed them for his waning electoral fortunes.The verbal attacks by politicians have fuelled the anger that party activists are showing towards journalists. During another Fillon campaign meeting, an activist likened the reporting of Hugo Clément, a journalist with the TMC news programme “Quotidien,” to the Nazis taking Jews to Auschwitz.“RSF firmly condemns these attacks on journalist, who must be free to do their job without any threats or constraints, especially during an election period,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU desk.“This sickening and pernicious climate poses a danger to media freedom, especially when encouraged by senior politicians, who are thereby sending a barely veiled message that any member of the public can attack the media with impunity.”Paul Larrouturou, another “Quotidien” journalist, was forcibly ejected from an event in Paris 12 days ago by members of the security service used by the National Front when he put an awkward question to the party’s presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen.Journalists stonedRSF also condemns acts of violence against journalists during the past weekend in Bobigny. Troublemakers smashed RTL and Europe 1 vehicles during clashes with police at a demonstration on Saturday in support of a young black man who accuses the police of anally raping him with a baton during an identity check.The next day, a journalist with the BFM TV 24-hour news channel was attacked in Argenteuil.RSF points out that journalists have an essential role to play as eyewitnesses in the field, helping to ensure fair and impartial coverage of events.France is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press FreedomIndex. FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence News FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU May 10, 2021 Find out more
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The Rams will take the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday 17 years to the day of the franchise’s last Super Bowl appearance, a stunning loss to Sunday’s opponents, the Patriots.While the coach and quarterback combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady incredibly remains the same for the Patriots, so much has changed for the Rams, not least the location of the team, which moved back to California from St. Louis in 2016. However, it appears this year’s Rams are yet to equal the explosiveness of the 2001 group, who averaged 95 plays of 20 yards or more compared to 83 for McVay’s offense.The 2001 season was the third successive year in which the Rams led the NFL in offensive yards and points. This Los Angeles attack has been first and second in points in 2017 and 2018 and jumped from 10th to second in offensive yards this term.McVay’s offense has shown no sign of slowing down since he took over. Should they defeat the Patriots and maintain the kind of point-scoring pace they have produced to this point, this version of the Rams will be worthy of a nickname of their own. Numerous players from the Rams team on the end of that surprise loss are in the Hall of Fame, with an offense known as the “Greatest Show on Turf” falling short on that occasion in a 20-17 defeat.The current version of the Rams’ offense has drawn comparisons to that legendary group, so how do they compare? Kurt Warner & Jared GoffWarner: 68.7 completion percentage, 4,830 yards, 36 TDs, 22 INTGoff: 64.9 completion percentage, 4,688 yards, 32 TDs, 12 INTNo position in the NFL, and perhaps even professional sports, is more important than quarterback, and Jared Goff’s performance on Sunday will naturally be pivotal to the Rams’ hopes of victory.Unlike Kurt Warner, the Rams’ quarterback in 2001, this will be Goff’s first experience of the Super Bowl in only his second season as the starter. Warner rose from obscurity to lead the Rams to victory in Super Bowl 34 two years earlier, but was still in just his third season as starter when he took them back to the grandest stage of them all.Warner’s 2001 season is still the all-time leader in terms of passing yards in franchise history but Goff’s 2018 is second after an incredible year under coach Sean McVay. Their respective touchdown tallies are second and third all-time for the Rams.The biggest disparities are in completion percentage and interceptions. Warner was more efficient, completing 68.7 per cent of his passes to Goff’s 64.9, however, he also threw 22 interceptions to just 12 from Goff.Warner was intercepted twice in Super Bowl 36, with one returned for a touchdown. Goff will know he can ill-afford such mistakes against Belichick and Co. if the Rams to have a genuine shot at revenge.With a high-flying offense and championship experience, the Rams were heavy favorites against the unproven @Patriots.But Super Bowl XXXVI did not go the way people expected. (Feb. 3, 2002) pic.twitter.com/uoPrBeIOWj— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) January 28, 2019Marshall Faulk vs. Todd GurleyFaulk: 2,147 yards (1,382 rushing, 765 receiving), 21 total touchdownsGurley: 1,811 yards (1,231 rushing, 580 receiving), 21 total touchdownsMuch has been made of Todd Gurley’s struggles and lack of playing time in the playoffs. Yet there is no doubting his 2018 regular season was stellar, though not quite at the same level as the 2001 campaign Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk produced.As with Faulk in 2001, Gurley was limited to 14 games. Faulk has the edge in both rushing yardage and receiving yardage, but it is Gurley who did a better job in 2018 of finding the endzone on the ground. Scoring 17 rushing touchdowns to Faulk’s 12.They are both, however, in an exclusive club, with Faulk and Gurley joining Eric Dickerson in being the only Rams players to score 20-plus touchdowns in a season.Torry Holt & Isaac Bruce vs. Brandin Cooks & Robert WoodsHolt: 1,363 yards, 7 TDs, 85.2 yards per gameBruce: 1,106 yards, 6 TDs, 69.1 yards per gameWoods: 1,219 yards, 6 TDs, 76.2 yards per gameCooks: 1,204 yards, 5 TDs, 75.3 yards per gameThough Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce are yet to make it into the Hall of Fame, they formed one of the better receiver duos of the modern era. The 2001 season marked the fifth time they each surpassed 1,000 yards in the same season and they are one of only four pairs in franchise history to achieve the feat, with Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks doing so this season.As a duo, Woods and Cooks did not quite match the combined yards posted by Holt and Bruce (2,469 to 2,423) and their 2018 touchdown total of 11 falls just shy of Holt & Bruce’s 13, but the fact they compare so well to that legendary pairing speaks to how much of a danger the Rams offense is when firing on all cylinders. Both Holt and Bruce were held out of the endzone in Super Bowl 36 and if the Patriots defense can do the same to this prolific pairing that will be a significant step towards victory.The locker room is set.#SBLIII pic.twitter.com/6Sp0H4oMz1— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 3, 20192001 offense vs. 20182001: 418.1 yards per game, 31.4 points per game2018: 421.1 yards per game, 32.9 points per gameWith the 2018 version of the Rams holding the advantage in both yards and points per game, the numbers suggest McVay has constructed an offense superior to the “Greatest Show on Turf.”