18 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 25 Jun 2018 n° 56/2018 France

Police Failure to Respond to the Serious Threats a Journalist Received Online

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner RSF
Partner RSF
Julie Hainaut, a French Lyon-based freelancer who writes for Le Petit Bulletin, a newspaper about Lyon culture, found herself at the centre of an exceptionally violent online media storm last September after reporting that the owners of a bar had spoken approvingly about the colonial era. She received numerous insults and very serious threats, her home address was published online, and people waited for her in front of her home on two different occasions. She lodged 4 separate complaints to the police since then, but has received no feedback or follow-up to these complaints, even though it would be very simple to identify people or websites involved in these threats. The public prosecutor, when asked, was not aware of her case.
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