Urgent Action: Stop harassing investigative journalists
On 14 and 15 May, journalists Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal, working for Disclose, and Benoît Collombat, with Radio France, were summoned for a hearing by the Intelligence Services after the Paris Prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation against them for revealing a national defence secret. In April, they had published “the Yemen papers”, a series of classified documents regarding the sale of French weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their use against civilians in the civil war in Yemen. The actions of these journalists are protected by the right to freedom of expression and the investigation against them must stop.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 28 JUNE 2019
Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or French to:
Procureur de la République de Paris
Tribunal de Paris
4ème division – Section C1 Terrorisme et atteinte à la sûreté de l’Etat
Parvis du Tribunal de Paris
75859 Paris Cedex 17, France
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
HIS EXCELLENCY MR Jean-Pierre JOUYET, Embassy of France, 58 Knightsbridge SW1X 7JT, 020 7073 1000, Fax 020-7073 1004, www.ambafrance-uk.org, Salutation: Your Excellency
Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date