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Police drop charges against French journalists arrested at Adani protest

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Queensland Police have dropped the charges against French journalists they arrested at an anti-Adani protest this week.

Queensland Police have dropped the charges against the French journalists they arrested at an anti-Adani protest this week.

French broadcast journalist Hugo Clement has posted on social media saying the French embassy in Australia has told him police have dropped the trespassing charge against him and his crew.

"The French embassy in Australia just informed me that Queensland's police decided to drop the (unfair) charges against us, after our arrest during an anti-Adani protest," he said.

"We don't have to go to court in (S)eptember."

Police at Monday's protest.
Police at Monday's protest.
AAP

It follows condemnation by the Australian Council for Civil Liberties, the media union and foreign correspondents condemning the arrests of the journalist and crew who were working at a demonstration near Bowen in north Queensland.

Mr Clement says he and and his crew were held in a cell for seven hours before they were granted bail on the condition that the group not go within 20km of Adani's Carmichael coal mine.

The Queensland Police Service has released a statement saying it reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrests.

"The decision to withdraw charges follows careful consideration of the circumstances including QPS policies and procedures," Queensland Police have said in a statement.

Charges against a 28-year-old Victorian man will also be dropped.

Police said the charges against two Victorian protesters, aged 20 and 22, will still proceed in the Bowen Magistrates Court.

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