27 Jun 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 29 Jan 2019 France

Arson Attack against France Bleu Isère Radio Station

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ EBU
Partner EFJ/IFJ EBU
In Grenoble, the premises of public service radio station France Bleu Isère were partially destroyed following a fire that occurred around 2:30 am on the night of 27 January 2019. According to the investigation’s initial findings, the fire is most likely a deliberate criminal act. Two fire starts were identified; the door of the service entrance was forced. No injuries were reported, but material damage is significant: the entire ground floor of the building was damaged and the editorial offices destroyed. The first floor premises were spared thanks to the rapid intervention of firefighters. Editor-in-chief Leopold Strajnic said there had been no threat against the radio. The editorial team was able to resume work on 28 January in the afternoon, on the premises of France 3 television in Grenoble.
Updates
30 Jan 2019
Responsibility for the arson attack which destroyed the premises of France Bleu Isère, on the night of 27 January, was claimed in a message published on 29 January on an anti-capitalist anarcho-libertarian website.
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Follow-ups
29 Jan 2019
Media Freedom Representative strongly condemns arson attack on studios of France Bleu Isère radio in Grenoble, calls for swift and thorough investigation
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