The detention of journalist Ariane Lavrilleux this week is ‘very worrying’, Amnesty International said
French journalist Ariane Lavrilleux addresses a press conference in Paris, on September 21, 2023, after passing 48 hours in custody. © Thomas SAMSON / AFP
The arrest this week of a journalist in France, in connection with reporting in 2021 – which claimed that French intelligence had been used by Egypt to kill civilians – could be viewed as an infringement of press freedom, Amnesty International has said.
“To put in police custody a journalist for doing her job, moreover for revealing information of public interest, could be a threat to freedom of the press and confidentiality of sources,” Katia Roux, freedoms advocacy officer at Amnesty International France, said on Tuesday according to Reuters. Roux added that she was “very worried” by the development.
The comments followed the arrest earlier on Tuesday of Ariane Lavrilleux, who spent the night of September 19 in custody for questioning as part of an investigation by France’s domestic intelligence agency, the DGSI, into potentially compromising national security.