My name is Afrah Nasser. I have been working as a journalist for over a decade, covering press freedom in Yemen, my home country. I now live in exile in Sweden, where I continue to report on the conflict in Yemen. As we celebrate Press Freedom Day, I’m really worried about the possible prosecution of three French journalists who wrote about the war in my country.
On Tuesday 14 May, Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal from investigative website Disclose, as well as Benoît Collombat from Radio France, will be questioned by the French domestic intelligence agency (DGSI). They are summoned for just having done their job. Last month, they published classified documents confirming the presence in Yemen of French, British and American weapons sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Their investigation shows that it’s highly likely that these weapons are used against civilian populations. They are now threatened with criminal prosecution and need our urgent support. What’s at stake is the public’s right to be informed.
Join me in asking President Emmanuel Macron, Defence Minister Florence Parly, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to give up any threats of prosecution against the three journalists and respect the protection of journalistic sources.
As a Yemeni journalist, I feel it’s my duty to support French journalists threatened for trying to shed light on the tragic war going on in my country. As a journalist who has covered the war in Yemen, I know too well the pressures and intimidations faced by the media. Freedom of information is under attack all over the world and it’s all the more worrying to see that France, who claims to be a champion of press freedom, is also responsible for undermining it.
Together, we have the power to change this. If enough of us are asking President Macron and his ministers to stop intimidating journalists for doing their job, they will have to listen.
Please join me in asking President Emmanuel Macron, Defence Minister Florence Parly, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to give up any threats of prosecution against Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and Benoît Collombat and respect the protection of journalistic sources.