The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Eloïse Bajou

Eloïse Bajou is a French journalist and photographer as well as a member of Reporters En Colère (REC), a journalist collective created in 2019 that aims to give tools to field reporters when they experience press freedom restrictions. REC now counts nearly 200 members including photographers, video reporters and writers specialised in social movements. Convinced that freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of the press are the keystones of a democratic and inclusive state, she came recently to journalism. She graduated from one of the 14 recognised schools of journalism in France, the Ecole Publique de Journalisme de Tours (EPJT) last year and also holds a bachelor’s degree of psychology and a state Diploma of Nursing, her first career. Her graduation essay eloquently details the journalistic treatment of police violence during the Gilets Jaunes protests in France. It compares on-the-field observations with data from over one hundred news articles and breaking news broadcast reports. Her constant work and strong writing skills have earned her accolades from award-winning journalist David Dufresne among others, and an internship at Agence France Presse (AFP) and Radio France International (RFI). She’s now a contributor to French media such as Rue89 Bordeaux and Le MediaTV.

Symposium Event
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Blaming the Messenger

With the rise of the Gilets Jaunes and Black Lives Matter movements and the furores over police brutality everywhere from France to the US to Belarus, how best do we defend and protect freelance journalists from attack by police, government and the state?