France Threatens Prison for Journalists Exposing Weapons Sold for Use in Yemen

Three journalists are being threatened with imprisonment and massive fines for publishing reports about the use of French weapons in Yemen. The journalists used secret documents to reveal the country’s involvement in the Yemen civil war.

In reports published last month, the French journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed documents proving that French weapons are being sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The documents, written by France’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DSGI), showed that French officials lied about French weapons being sold for use in the war in Yemen.

Following the publication, Disclose’s founders, Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal, and Benoît Collombat from Radio France were questioned by military intelligence.

The three journalists refused to reveal their sources after being questioned on the origin of the document used in their reports.

Press Freedom has been protected in France for more than 100 years, but the law does not cover national security.

If convicted, the journalists could be imprisoned for five years and fined $83,000.



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