France: EFJ Concerned by Threats against Journalists after TV Report on Palestine

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European

group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today expressed its

support to journalists and unions at France

2 following threats made against the public

channel's presenters over a  television

programme on the potential creation of a Palestinian state.
"We condemn all forms of threats against journalists

who have done their work, especially on a

politically sensitive issue such as the

Israeli-Palestinian relations," said Beth Costa, General Secretary of the


The two hour  long TV

broadcast entitled  "Eye on the planet" (Un oeil sur la

planète) of Monday, 3 October on the question "Is a Palestinian state

possible?" drew particularly hostile reaction from

some viewers, including verbal attack on the presenters.

The National

Union of Journalists (SNJ), an

IFJ/EFJ affiliate, denounced "A hysterical wave

of e-mails often insulting, physical threats against the presenter of the

evening programme:

everything is good to try to intimidate journalists of France 2. " The SNJ-CGT condemned  the  « intolerable

harassment coming from a community group»  and calls on the profession to

 « show its support to journalists of France2 ».

The EFJ backs the unions of journalists and condemns all forms of violence against media , citing one message

which made the following threats: "I know

the people responsible for this programme and their

executives. They will pay the price of infamy".

According to

media reports, the Representative Council

of Jewish Institutions in France and the Embassy of Israel requested a meeting with the President of France Televisions to discuss the TV programme.

The EFJ said that journalists can benefit from

constructive criticism if it is based on

facts, noting that there has been no shred of

evidence of professional error leveled at the programme

makers nor factual inaccuracy in the report.

"We do not do politics,

but journalism," added Ms. Costa,

"And it is not up to any community organisation or any embassy to interfere in editorial matters on programmes by the

French public broadcasting service simply because

they disagreed with the content."

In France, EFJ members are the SNJ (which has launched a

petition on this subject), the SNJ-CGT and USJ-CFDT.


represents more than 260.000 members in over 30 countries


more information, please contact the EFJ on  + 32

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