Le Monde paper exec summoned for questioning about Macron security aide & # 39; attacking protestor & # 39; story
Le Monde newspaper director is summoned for questioning by the French intelligence agency after breaking the story about Macron security officers & # 39; attacks by a demonstrator & # 39;
- Director Louis Dreyfus goes for the domestic intelligence agency
- He broke the story of Alexandre Benalla, Macron's assistant, inciting the Protestant
- First reported in the article in July 2018 after he was seen in the police helmet on the street
- Subpoenas have aroused concern in the French media about journalistic independence
The managing director of the newspaper Le Monde, Louis Dreyfus, said on Thursday that he has been summoned for questioning by the French domestic intelligence agency, following a similar order against one of the newspaper's senior reporters.
Dreyfus told AFP that he and Ariane Chemin – who broke the story of an explosive scandal involving a guardian of President Emmanuel Macron, Alexandre Benalla, who was fired after filming a demonstrator while the police came by – both are told to appear at the headquarters of the DGSI service on May 29.
It was an article in July 2018 from Chemin that first reported that Benalla had defeated a May Day demonstrator wearing a police helmet.
The general manager of the newspaper Le Monde, Louis Dreyfus, said on Thursday that he was questioned by the French intelligence agency for questioning.
The Elysee has been accused of covering the case by not reporting Benalla to the authorities.
The subpoena has raised concern in the French media about journalistic independence and freedom of expression, especially as they follow DGSI orders against four reporters from a research website, Dsclose, after they reported leaked military intelligence about how French weapons were sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE were used in Yemen.
Dreyfus and Ariane Chemin broke the story of an explosive scandal about a security aid to President Emmanuel Macron, Alexandre Benalla
& # 39; With these convocations, authorities are trying to intimidate journalists and identify their sources to punish or discourage them & # 39 ;, said Christophe Deloire, head of the group of reporters without borders.
Le Monde reported on Wednesday that Chemin had been summoned for her articles on Benalla, as well as a profile she had from a former Air Force officer, Chokri Wakrim, who is the partner of the former head of security in the Prime Minister's office.
The former security chief, Marie-Elodie Poitout, resigned after media revealed that she and Wakrim had welcomed Benalla to their home in July, but insisted that it had only been a social affair.
Dreyfus and Chemin were questioned as part of a DGSI investigation into the alleged disclosure of & # 39; a member of special units & # 39 ;.
Various sources said that the investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by Wakrim in mid-April.
The offices of Le Monde in the center of Paris. The newspaper reported that journalist Ariane Chemin had been summoned for her articles about Benalla
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