Macron Goes After Journalists Who Exposed Complicity in Alleged Saudi War Crimes
FRENCH Authorities have summoned founders of Disclose who exposed possible crimes
French police have summoned three journalists for questioning for their role in reporting on how Macron's government sold arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for use in Yemen.
Authorities have summoned founders of Disclose Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal, and Benoit Collombat of Radio France for an April 15 report that contained revelations of possible war crimes.
A detailed French intelligence report to the president and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly was leaked in the reports.
The report detailed the use of French weapons in Yemen during a defense council meeting on October 3, 2018.
The report is proof that Macron intentionally lied about having no knowledge that French arms, which included French-supplied CAESAR howitzer artillery, tanks, and laser-guided missile systems, to be used in Yemen.
The above would violate the 2014 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which came into force on December 24, 2014.
Macron's deception is of significant public interest.
The journalists say that revelations int he report a “are of major public interest, that brings to the attention of citizens and their representatives what the government wanted to conceal."
France's domestic intelligence agency has summoned two journalists from @Disclose_ngo in an investigation into the "compromise of national defence secrecy" after our revelations. It's an unprecedent attack on press. @theintercept @gijn @cijournalism @pressfreedom pic.twitter.com/MuR5uD9r2i— Disclose (@Disclose_ngo) April 24, 2019
Moreover, they add that Macron’s decision to pursue them constitutes a violation of freedom of the press and speech in general.
“We have learned that a preliminary investigation for ‘compromising national defense secrets’ has been launched by the Paris prosecutors,” Disclose said in a statement.
France’s domestic intelligence agency, The General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) will question the journalists in a hearing scheduled for mid-May.
36 French press outlets have condemned the move, including Le Monde and AFP.
Those killed in Yemen as a result of a Saudi-led intervention amounts to tens of thousands of civilians.
Now there are up to 14 million people are at risk of starvation because of the ensuing Saudi-led blockade.