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On 14 and 15 May, the Intelligence Services summoned journalists Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal, working for Disclose, and Benoît Collombat, with Radio France, for a hearing after the Paris Prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation against them for revealing a national defence secret. [UPDATE of June 13: Four more journalists have also been named.]
In April, the trio 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 sales of these weapons violate the obligations of France under international law, including the Arms Trade Treaty. The actions of these journalists are protected by the right to freedom of expression. The investigation against them must stop.