01 Aug 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 25 Apr 2019 n° 43/2019 France

Three Journalists Summoned for Compromising National Defense Classification

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
A Radio France journalist and two journalists from the collective “Disclose” who revealed the use of French weapons in the war in Yemen, were summoned by the Directorate-General for Internal Security (DGSI) on 14 May 2019 as part of the preliminary investigation opened by the Paris Prosecutor-General for "compromising national defence classification", upon a complaint by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. The reason for the complaint is the publication by Disclose on 15 April of classified documents on the French weapons used in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Journalists Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and Benoît Collombat were informed about their summons by the DGSI on 23 and 24 April. In a joint statement of 24 April, the editorial offices of Arte Info, Disclose, Konbini and Mediapart criticised proceedings that aim to identify the journalists’ sources.
24 May 2019
Michel Despratx, a journalist at Disclose, will also be heard on 28 May 2019 as a witness for "compromising national defence secrecy" following the publication of a confidential note on the use of French weapons in the war in Yemen. He will therefore not be entitled to a lawyer.
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