22 Jul 2019 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 25 Jun 2015 n° 1/2015 France
French Journalists Victims of Phone Harassment
On 16, 17, 18 June 2015, French journalists Pierre Haski, founder of the information website Rue89, Denis Sieffert, Director of the weekly magazine Politis, and Daniel Schneidermann, founder of the website Arrêt sur Images, were victims of a harassment campaign targeting their private lives. In all three cases, a hacker took control of their private telephone lines and made telephone calls to the police requesting their intervention at the homes of the targeted journalists on the basis of wholly fabricated personal dramatic incidents. According to the targeted journalists, the alleged perpetrator of those actions is the Zionist Franco-Israeli hacker Grégory Chelli, alias Ulcan, who lives in Ashdod, in Israel. A judicial inquiry is already underway concerning Ulcan who is suspected of having caused the premature death of Rue89 journalist Benoît Le Corre’s father, in August 2014. The father of Benoît Le Corre died as a result of a heart attack shortly after receiving a phone call informing him about the death of his son. The Paris Prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary inquiry into the attacks on Mr. Haski, Mr Sieffert and Mr Schneidermann. The IFJ and the EFJ call on authorities to open judicial proceedings against and to bring to an end the impunity apparently enjoyed by the perpetrator or perpetrators of those harassment operations.
22 Jul 2019
On 17 June 2019, the investigating judge at the Paris Court put Grégory Chelli on trial before the Court of Assize for “willful violence with premeditation resulting in unintended death”, “false” and “slanderous denunciations”, "repeated malicious phone calls", "identity theft", and "death threats".
07 Feb 2018
Reply of the French authorities
Relevant CoE instruments Disclaimer
28 Jun 2018
Factsheet on Harassment and Intimidation of Journalists