14 Feb 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 09 Dec 2019 n° 147/2019 France

A French Police Union Releases a List of Journalists Described as Enemies of the National Police

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 7 December 2019, the Independent Union of Police Commissioners (Syndicat Indépendant des Commissaires de Police - SICP) posted a message on the social network Twitter naming five French journalists (David Dufresne, Taha Bouhafs, Gaspard Glanz, "The General" and Alexis Poulin) as "the main actors" in the "fight against National Police" in France. The listed journalists are labelled with insulting terms ("impostor", "liar", "harasser", "usurper", "hateful"). SICP accuses these journalists of "fuelling this hatred" and "enjoying this climate", after the door of an anti-crime brigade (BAC) officer's home was covered with slogans hostile to the police. Several representatives of the profession, including the European Federation of Journalists, denounced the intimidating and defamatory nature of the police union's message, which was widely shared on Twitter.
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