Is there a new law which definitely bans the use of photo or video cameras in public? I really want to know because I have the feeling that, nowadays, there is a huge suspicion against people who take pictures or videos like bloggers and journalists.
Due to all the recent “terrorist acts” (which can be sum up as the last minute discovery of small-scale bombs) which occured in Antananarivo, security forces keep an eye open for trouble. Anyone who looks like a terrorist, a spy or a mercenary, is immediately arrested.
Can bloggers be considered as terrorists because of the harm they create with their posts? Can bloggers be considered as mercenaries because they look weird? (Do I?) Can bloggers be considered as spies because they take pictures and videos?
Today, our friend, Jentilisa wanted to take some pictures of some policemen, in Antanimena (downtown of Antananarivo), who confiscated banners from some legalist ralliers who were on their way to join the MAGRO place (Ankorondrano – downtown of Antananarivo). The policemen saw him picturing them. They wanted to confiscate his camera but Jentilisa did not accept. Finally, they let him go but warned him “Tadidiko ialahy!” (I will remember you!).
This is not a isolated case, such misadventure has already happened to many bloggers since the beginning of this crisis but till now, we can all admit that we are lucky …