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French Journalists Face Jail Time For Revealing France’s Involvement In Saudi-led Intervention In Yemen

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French Journalists Face Jail Time For Revealing France's Involvement In Saudi-led Intervention In Yemen

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Three French journalists are threatened with potential jail time for using secret documents without authorization to reveal France’s involvement in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.

In 5 reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

According to them:

“We believe that their publication is justified by the necessity of opening a balanced debate about the weapons contracts France has with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. That is all the more necessary given that these documents unveil a will on the part of the executive to conceal the facts.”

The documents were authored by France’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DSGI) and showed that French officials lied about the role of French weapons in the Yemen intervention.

After the leaks were published, Disclose’s co-founders Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal and Radio France journalist Benoît Collombat were asked to attend a hearing at the DSGI headquarters in Paris.

The journalists refused to reveal their source. They used their hearing to protect press freedom and how it was in the public interest to publish the details from the leaked DSGI documents.

Press Freedom has been protected for more than 130 years under the Press Law of 1881, which gives journalists the right to keep sources confidential. The law doesn’t cover national security and the three journalists could be sentenced to prison time, as per a 2009 French law that considers as an offence the handling of a classified document without clearance or proper authorization. If convicted, the journalists could face five years in prison and a $83,000 fine.

The question arises; would the French authorities allow the journalists to publish documents that actually reveal the truth behind a lie? Unlikely.

Paul Coppin, the head of Reporters Without Border’s (RSF) legal unit criticized the DSGI for attempting to prosecute the journalists.

RSF released a statement condemning the action:

“We are concerned that the sole aim of this hearing is to use the threat of prosecution to put pressure on these journalists to reveal their source,” said Paul Coppin. “As it is legally unable to force them to disclose the identity of their source, the prosecutor’s office is using the possibility of a charge of compromising national defence secrecy, a charge punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros. The mere fact of threatening such a prosecution for publishing information in the public interest would in itself constitute a serious violation of the public’s right to be informed.”

The documents list itineraries of secret weapon deliveries to Saudi Arabia.

“Contrary to Germany, another major weapons exporter to Saudi Arabia and which has recently put in place an embargo on further arms supplies to the kingdom, France continues with its arms supplies to the country, and it does so in decisions taken behind closed doors,” the investigative report read.

In an interview on January 20th, 2019, in an interview on French National Radio, with France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly, the interviewer – Ali Baddou asked:

“Should there be a halt to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia?”

The question received no response.

Ali Baddou continued: “Can you tell us, Florence Parly, if French weapons have been used against civilians in Yemen?”

“I have no knowledge as to whether [French] weapons are being used directly in this conflict,” the minister said.

According to the leaked documents, France has provided the Saudi-led coalition with:

“Leclerc battle tanks, long-rod penetrator ammunition, Mirage 2000-9 fighter jets, COBRA counter-battery radar systems, Aravis armoured troop-carrying vehicles, Cougar and Dauphin helicopters, and CAESAR truck-mounted howitzers.”

Despite Parly’s claims, “the report precisely details each model, and indicates whether the equipment was sold to Saudi Arabia or its coalition partner, the UAE. Above all, it reveals that a number of French-made weapons are being used in combat operations in Yemen, including in civilian zones.”

Finally, the report concludes that the linked documents admit that France doesn’t have conclusive tracking of what it’s weapons are used for, but it nevertheless provides them to the Saudi-led coalition.

The report by the DRM recognised that without information sources “in the zone” in Yemen it cannot be able “to measure in precise terms” the military arsenal engaged by the coalition. As to the quantity of French-made equipment that is deployed, the military intelligence agency simply admits that it has “no information” on their precise use in the conflict in Yemen, nor regarding their presence at the border. That is a very embarrassing confession for the French government, but which was – until now – protected by the information classified as “secret défense”.

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  • Rob

    Hay the land dwellers there is a group that segregate divide brothers on the name of religion, language, race etc and then combate them with each other or looking for excuses to invade them and have no shame and openly involved in pornography, homosexuality, gambling etc. Remember such a group is really in danger. As you know God have vanished such groups before them.

    • Jens Holm

      Allah has decided most muslims are behaving bad and should be punished.

      • Rob

        Who behave bad and who will be punished. The God will tell and not a homosexual stunt.

        • Jens Holm

          There we go again.

  • Rob

    Tehran should not sell their Uranium, Plutonium and heavy water etc. Tehran could enrich Uranium to 99% without hesitation for nuclear weapons and develop ICBM for their own safety. Safety first. Tehran could develop its own Nuclear reactors.

  • Barba_Papa

    I sometimes hate being a cynic. I don’t want to be, but they make it so easy time after time after time after time to reaffirm my cynicism.

    • Tom Tom

      There is no hope in mankind. Only Jesus.

  • Rob

    The sooner Iran develop nuclear weapons the sooner they will be safer. Without nukes North Korea would have been ash by now.

    The only countries safe from US are those with nukes.

    • klove and light

      nuclear weapons are satanic……..and i Quote the supreme leader of Iran

      “it is forbidden for us to develop nuclear weapons by god….they are satanic”

      ps. think About what u are writing , before u write it………
      OUR WORLD NEEDS ZERO NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NOT MORE….exactly this thinking has brought us to this Point !!!

    • occupybacon

      No, actually the entire ME will be safer, not only Iran.

      • Jens Holm

        More likely Iran would be nuked. That would solve a lot.

        Anybody should have nukes o at least one in their backyard if they have one.

        I have a small garden and so far only old Stingers. Next might be against small drones filming my privacy.

        • occupybacon

          It won’t be nuked because the radiations would reach Israel. And yes, anyone should be have the right to have small stingers and ATGM you know, just in case the gov turns to be a bunch of corrupt cockroaches and the riot police their personal bodyguards.

          • Jens Holm

            Haha. Nukes can be small and pollution follow the wind.

            Our use for air defence is against small private airplanes, and some also dont follow the rules for smaller drones with videocamaras and photo.

            We have no problems around our Governess apart from, we should not be in fx Iraq, Mali and Afghanistan. You could try to decentralize and by that control corruption much better. Corruption do exist here, but last Year we had world record in low corruption.

            As a private person I dont trust Iran as well as Pakistan and Noprth Korea having nukes.

            In the other hand many others has like Russia, China, USA, France ; GB, Israel and maybee even a few more. I would prefare more nukes went into Powerplants for electricity or something. Its enough we can kill all 1 time instead of 4 or 5. Only Hindus can stay alive after that.

            Police should work for the Constitution, the laws and its inhabitants. They mainly do here.

            Many strangers comming here are afrais of the police. We trust them very much as well as our Courts.

            I again see its very strange, You are not even able to copy our good parts. We include all. Criminals can vote like anybody else 2 time the next month. Emmigrant after 3 years can elect local politicians incl. themselves and participate equal in all procedures apart from a few top secret parts.

            We have equal rights for all and learn dont learn the muslim crap making rapes at mainly women as well as women being alone are safe in the streets as well as are working with men as Leaders for them as well as below and among. Knowing each other make the other gender to subjects. You make women into objects.

            7 of 12 policedistrict has female Leaders and not because of gender.

            Our police very seldom are cockroaches, but even they are well educated they do mistakes as well.

          • occupybacon

            WTF did I just read!

      • Rob

        “No, actually the entire ME will be safer, not only Iran.”

        Yes this is true.

    • Tom Tom

      Iran has nukes.

  • klove and light

    France lololol….having a rothshild Boy as president…..and before the hungarian zio jew sarcozy…..

    but beware of the French Folks….the have Revolution in their blood…and anybody following the yellow vest movement knows…..they aint gonna stopo till the current System iis gone……too bad it is too late…the dices will Keep rolling till the Evil satanic jews get what they wanted centuries ago….

    a nuclear confrontation between east and west……….and afterwards to get their one world government , with Jerusalem as ist capital under satanic jewish Leadership…..

    • Jens Holm

      Arrrrh Rotchild again and after having been in the trousers of Sarcosy You know he either jew or muslim, but muslims always are peacefull ones against muslims :) + :)

      Yellow wests in France mainly are muslims, which deny to get a descent job and feed themselves. Many of them probatly was the same, where they were thrown out from :(

      I never lie. If muslims dont like their religion they afterwards only can be jews. They only has to learn to use more pots and pans. Hard times for beduins like You. Being a guest seemes to have a limitations even in Europe.

      • Tom Tom

        Jens, yellow vests are not muslims. What’s the point about lyng by saying you never lie? Do you really think Yeshua is going to countenance the gay pride parades in Tel Aviv, much less in Jerusalem? Read Ez. 38-39. Yeah, Israel “wins,” but only after much pain and millions dead.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Insanity has take over USA and puppet France.No wonder black vest are also protesting. Apparent democracy promoters are violating democracy by jailing,forcefully arrest journalists in embassies. Threatening Iran,Venezuela and North Korea.Instigating countries against Russia. Arming journalists killers Saudi Arabia. Withholding humanitarian aid against Yemeni but want so dearly to supply to Venezuela and Iran.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    This worth to be read for who understand French
    =====================================
    https://www.agoravox.fr/tribune-libre/article/geopolitique-yemen-syrie-kosovo-215148

    Géopolitique – Yémen, Syrie, Kosovo, mensonges d’Etat, par le Général Delawarde

    par Eric83

    vendredi 17 mai 2019

    A l’instar du Colonel Legrier en février dernier (1), le Général Delawarde a lancé fin avril puis début mai 2019 deux gros pavés dans la mare politico-médiatique des mensonges et autre “fake-news” destinés à manipuler l’opinion publique pour lui faire accepter des guerres injustifiées aux conséquences désastreuses.

    Les propos du Général Delawarde, d’une liberté de ton exceptionnelle, nous éclairent sur de scandaleux mensonges d’Etat qui ont eu et continuent d’avoir des conséquences dramatiques sur les peuples.

    Ses propos sont également très encourageants et dynamisants pour tous ceux qui refusent d’accepter comme vérité les mensonges et autres “fake-news” de la caste politico-médiatique.

    Articles à lire et à partager sans modération car la probabilité que les médias détenus par l’oligrachie les publient est extrêmement proche du z

  • AlexanderAmproz

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article206332.html

    “Without disinformation, NATO would crumble”

    by Manlio Dinucci

    VOLTAIRE NETWORK | ROME (ITALY) | 27 APRIL 2019

    FRANÇAIS ITALIANO TÜRKÇE ESPAÑOL PORTUGUÊS NORSK

    Q: What is the result of the Symposium in Florence?

    Michel Chossudovsky: The event was a great success, with the participation of speakers from the United States, Europe and Russia. We presented the history of NATO. We identified and carefully documented its crimes against humanity. And at the end of the Symposium, we presented the “Declaration of Florence,” a way of exiting the war system.

    Q: In your introduction, you affirmed that the Atlantic Alliance is not a true alliance…

    Michel Chossudovsky: On the contrary, under the appearance of a multinational military alliance, it is the Pentagon which dominates the decision-making mechanisms of NATO. The USA controls the command structures of NATO, which are incorporated with those of the United States. The Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR) is always a US General nominated by Washington. The Secretary General, currently Jens Stoltenberg, is essentially a bureaucrat who handles public relations. He has no decision-making role.

    Q: Another theme you raised was that of the US military bases in Italy and other European countries, including in the East, despite the fact that the Warsaw Pact has not existed since 1991, and despite the promise made to Gorbachev that no extension of NATO towards the East would ever occur. What is the purpose of these bases?

    Michel Chossudovsky: NATO’s tacit objective – an important theme in our debate in Florence – is to implement, under a different denomination, the de facto “military occupation” of Western Europe. The United States not only continue to “occupy” the ex-members of the Second World War “Axis countries” (Italy, Germany), but have used the badge of NATO to set up US military bases in all of Western Europe, and, thereafter, in Eastern Europe in the wake of the Cold War, and in the Balkans in the wake of the NATO war against Yugoslavia (Serbia-Montenegro).

    Q: What has changed in terms of the possible use of nuclear weapons?

    Michel Chossudovsky: Immediately after the Cold War, a new nuclear doctrine was formulated, focused on the preventive use of nuclear weapons, in other words, on a nuclear first strike as a means of self-defence. Within the framework of USA-NATO interventions, presented as peace-keeping measures, a new generation of “low power” and “non-usable” nuclear weapons was created, described as “inoffensive for civilians”. US political leaders consider them to be “bombs for pacification.” The Cold War agreements, which established certain safety measures, have now been abandoned. The concept of “Mutually Assured Destruction,” relative to the use of nuclear weapons, has been replaced by the doctrine of preventive nuclear war.

    Q: NATO was “obsolete” at the beginning of the Trump presidency, but now it has been rebooted by the White House. What relation is there between the arms race and the economic crisis?

    Michel Chossudovsky: War and globalisation go hand in hand. Militarisation relies on the imposition of macro-economic restructuration in the target countries. It imposes military spending in order to support the war economy to the detriment of civil economy. It leads to economic destabilisation and the loss of the power of national institutions. An example – recently President Trump proposed huge budget cuts in the health and teaching sectors, and in social infrastructures, although he has asked for a massive increase in the budget of the Pentagon. At the beginning of his administration, President Trump confirmed the increase of expenditure in the military nuclear programme, launched by Obama, from 1,000 to 1,200 billions of dollars, claiming that this would serve to make the world safer. All over the European Union, the increase in military spending, coupled with austerity measures, is leading to the demise of what used to be called “the Welfare State.” Now, under US pressure, NATO is engaged in increasing military spending, and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declares that this is the correct decision to “guarantee the safety of our population.” The military interventions are coupled with concomitant acts of economic sabotage and financial manipulation. The final objective is the conquest of both human and material resources and of political institutions. The acts of war support a process of total economic conquest. The hegemonic project of the United States is to transform countries and international sovereign institutions into territories which are open for their penetration. One of their instruments is the imposition of heavy penalties on debt-ridden countries. The imposition of lethal macro-economic reforms serves to impoverish vast sectors of the world population.

    Q: What is now, and what will become the role of the medias?

    Michel Chossudovsky: Without the disinformation broadcast, in general, by almost all the medias, the military programme of the USA-NATO would collapse like a house of cards. The imminent dangers of a new war with the most modern weapons and the atomic peril are not the sort of news that makes the headlines. War is presented as an act of pacification. War criminals are depicted as pacifiers. War becomes peace. Reality is reversed. When lies become truth, there is no going back

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Do Israhel/US are looking for cataclysmic hundreds years Polar Night !

  • Tom Tom

    Macron is a satanist.

  • Ma_Laoshi

    I’ve seen this many times first hand: when one tries to warn Europeans about their rights being taken away one by one, you’re hitting your head against a brick wall: “Who cares about politics anyway, just go about your own business.” It’s no longer clear to me that they deserve better than they’re getting.