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Urgent Action update: Harassment of journalists continues

Seven investigative journalists have been summoned since February for questioning by the Intelligence Services after the Paris Prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation against them for revealing a national defence secret. In April, the online media portal Disclose published the ‘Yemen papers’ regarding the sale of French weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their use against civilians in the context of the Yemen civil war. The authorities have pressured the journalists to reveal their sources, however their actions are protected by the right to freedom of expression and the preliminary investigation against the journalists must stop.

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Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or France to:


Procureur de la République de Paris
Rémy Heitz
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,, Salutation: Your Excellency

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date

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