06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 12 Nov 2015 n° 95/2015 France
Journalist Attacked in Paris by Members or Supporters of the Jewish Defense League
On 22 October 2015, David Perrotin, journalist at Buzzfeed France, was attacked by around ten militants participating in a rally against the coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Agence France Presse (AFP). The meeting was organised, among others, by the Jewish Defense League (JDL). In the early evening, David Perrotin came to the headquarters of the AFP, Place de la Bourse in Paris, to follow the event. After having discovered the presence of the reporter, activists decided to attack him. "Around ten young people, obviously members or supporters of the JDL, approached him wearing masks and hoods" says the editor of BuzzFeed France, Cécile Dehesdin. "Ten youngsters insulted him before chasing him and then beating him." Following police intervention, the journalist was sheltered in the headquarters of the AFP, which was protected by a row of policemen. David Perrotin filed charges against X the next day.
06 Dec 2018: On 6 December 2018, after consideration of the authorities’ response to this alert, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
- Statement by SNJ: "Manifestation de la LDJ devant l’AFP : le SNJ-CGT dénonce les ennemis de la liberté de l’information"
- Article by L’Express: "Un journaliste agressé lors d'un rassemblement de la Ligue de défense juive"
- Article by the Guardian: "BuzzFeed journalist attacked by far-right Jewish extremists in Paris"
- Article by Monde: "Devant le siège de l’AFP, la LDJ s’en prend aux journalistes"
12 Feb 2018
Reply of the French authorities
12 Nov 2015
OSCE Representative raises concern over attack of Buzzfeed journalist and threats to storm AFP offices in France, welcomes swift police action.