French Journalists and Magistrates Subject to Death Threats

Update: 08 Feb 2018 State replied
Year 07 Apr 2017 Country France Category A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Source of threat Non-state Partner RSF , CPJ , EFJ/IFJ , Index Alert level Level 1
07 Apr 2017 France A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Non-state RSF , CPJ , EFJ/IFJ , Index Level 1

On 6 April 2017, French independent newspapers 'Le Canard Enchainé' and 'Mediapart' received death threat letters accompanied with a 22 calibre long rifle bullet from a group called "Epuration 2J". Posted from Marseille, those letters are intended to warn journalists of both newspapers : "Vigilance and protection don't last Ad Vitam... This day/We will be there/For you/or/one of your relatives". The anonymous letter addressed to Mediapart shows a coffin marked with the letters E-P, recalling the initials of the newspaper's founder Edwy Plenel, and the sentence "Judges and journalists all the same". A similar letter was sent to 'Le Canard Enchainé' and four magistrates. According to Mediapart, Eliane Houlette, chief of the national financial prosecutor's office and three judges in charge of the investigation on the "Fillon" case (french presidential candidate) were targeted. The public prosecutor's office in Paris launched an inquiry for "death threats".

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