08 Feb 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 07 Apr 2017 France

French Journalists and Magistrates Subject to Death Threats

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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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".
Updates
26 Apr 2019
On 23 April 2019, the investigating judges at the National Financial Prosecutor's Office referred the case to the Paris Criminal Court for the trial of François and Penelope Fillon, as well as of Marc Julaud, for embezzlement of public funds, misappropriation of corporate assets, and breach of reporting obligations to the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life.
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