“Forbidden zone” on radical Islam: two witnesses file a complaint against M6 for “incitement to hatred”

Solène Delinger, with AFP
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3:16 p.m., January 26, 2023

On Monday January 23, two people interviewed in a report on radical Islam in Roubaix, broadcast in January 2022 on the program “Zone prohibited”, filed a complaint against M6. They denounce a “treason” on the part of the journalists who would have “manipulated” and “deceived” them. Presenter Ophélie Meunier had received death threats following the broadcast of the report.

Two people interviewed by the show’s teams Restricted zone lodged a complaint against M6. They had testified in the context of a report on Islamism in Roubaix. The show, broadcast just a year ago, had a lot of people talking about it. Presenter Ophélie Meunier had received death threats and then been placed under police protection.

A “tendent and falsified” assembly

And that’s not all. Already last year, the show Freeze frames had pointed to “misleading e-mails and messages” from the authors of the report. The two people who decided to file a complaint against M6 denounce a “treason”. They claim to have been “deceived” and “manipulated”. “They had agreed to intervene on the subject of secularism in order to promote its respect and living together to finally see themselves stigmatized and assimilated to dangerous radical Islamists thanks to the culpable artifices of a tendentious and falsified editing, of a incriminating voice-over, and anxiety-provoking music”, assured in a statement the plaintiffs’ lawyer Jean-Christophe Basson-Larbi.

Complaint for incitement to hatred

“Among these victims (…) are the student Lilia Bouziane – who had immediately publicly denounced the betrayal of which she had been the victim – as well as a former driver of the RATP whose remarks were doctored”, continues the lawyer. These two people therefore filed two complaints in Paris on Monday, January 23. A complaint for “fraud”, “concealment of fraud” and “attack on the representation of people”. And a second complaint with civil action for “incitement to hatred” and “publication of false information likely to disturb the public peace”.

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