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French journalist arrested over report on Egypt spy operation | RFI |

France was accused of an "unacceptable" attack on press freedom Tuesday after a journalist was arrested for reporting on leaked documents that claimed French intelligence was used to target civilians in Egypt.  

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Perquisition en cours au domicile de la journaliste de @Disclose_ngo , @AriaLavrilleux. Des policiers de la Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSI) ont placé notre journaliste en garde à vue.

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It denounced an "unacceptable attack on the secrecy of sources" - a view quickly backed by the Society of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

"We fear that the DGSI's actions will undermine the secrecy of the sources," RSF said.
Lavrilleux's arrest was confirmed to French news agency AFP by a source close to the case.

"I am appalled and worried about the escalation in attacks on the freedom to inform, and the coercive measures taken against the Disclose journalist," said Virginie Marquet, lawyer for Lavrilleux and Disclose.

"This search risks seriously undermining the confidentiality of journalists' sources," she said, adding that Lavrilleux had "only revealed information of public interest".

The initial Disclose articles said French forces were complicit in at least 19 bombings against smugglers between 2016 and 2018 in the region.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 07:22:12 AM EST
French defence minister to investigate misuse of intelligence reports in Egypt | RFI - Nov. 24, 2021 |

France's defence minister has called for an investigation into reports that Egypt used intelligence supplied by the French military to target and kill civilians suspected of smuggling.

The information, based on leaked documents, was published by the investigative website Disclose.

Operation Sirli, the name given to the mission between the two countries, was designed to provide intelligence on the jihadist threat along Egypt's western border with Libya, Disclose said in its report published on Sunday.

"In principle, the mission...consisted of searching the western desert to find possible terrorist threats coming from Libya, using a light aircraft designed for surveillance and reconnaissance," it said.

"But very quickly, the [French] members of the team understand that the intelligence supplied to the Egyptians is used to kill civilians suspected of contraband," the Disclose post reads.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 07:23:20 AM EST
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