Racism suit against two journalists dismissed

first_img Organisation News May 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is pleased at the dismissal by a Paris court on 12 July of a racism suit against French radio journalist Daniel Mermet and his boss, Jean-Marie Cavada, head of the Radio France network.The judge said the allegations of “incitement to racial hatred” and “racial slander” against Mermet, and by extension Cavada, were unfounded because an account of a conflict situation “inevitably includes the voicing of preferences.” He said there was no question of Mermet being anti-semitic.Mermet had been sued by the French Union of Jewish Students, the French League against Racism and Anti-Semitism and lawyer William Goldnadel for broadcasting remarks from listeners in the course of a series of reports from Gaza and Israel. They have appealed against the judge’s verdict.Reporters Without Borders had supported Mermet and called for the dropping of all legal action against him. More than 25,000 people signed an appeal backing him entitled “Do we have the right to criticise Sharon?” which was published in the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur on 19 June by Reporters Without Borders and Mermet’s radio programme “Là-bas si j’y suis” (“Life on the Other Side”).The appeal criticised the defamatory campaign and threats made against journalists and media in recent months by people accusing them of being biased in their reporting of the Middle East conflict.”Small groups and individuals daring to claim they speak for all Jews are playing on fear and confusion and when the slightest criticism of Israeli policy is made come out with the charge of anti-Semitism,” the appeal said.”This dangerously devalues the fight against anti-Semitism and Jew-hating by systematically and improperly brandishing it on every occasion. (…) If Mermet’s programme was anti-Semitic, then anti-Semitism is everywhere. (…) We reject these lunatic accusations and exaggerated suspicions, this serious perversion of public debate and this cheapening of anti-Semitism,” the appeal said. FranceEurope – Central Asia RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News July 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Racism suit against two journalists dismissed Follow the news on France Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders is pleased that a Paris court dismissed a suit on12 July accusing French radio journalist Daniel Mermet of “incitement toracial hatred” and “racial slander” for having broadcast the comments oflisteners in a series of programmes reporting from Gaza and Israel. News Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more