Threatened with death after the broadcast of a report on Islamism, the host of M6 Ophélie Meunier received the support of several journalists and politicians.
“I have instructed that each time a journalist is the subject of serious threats, he benefits from police protection,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Twitter. “We will find the perpetrators of these threats.”
I gave instructions that each time a journalist is the object of serious threats, he benefits from police protection. We will find the perpetrators of these threats. https://t.co/YJ5678fyQ1
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) January 29, 2022
Ophélie Meunier has been the target of violent messages since the broadcast of “Forbidden Zone: faced with the dangers of radical Islam, the responses of the State” on January 23 on M6. The report focuses on schools outside the contract, religious buildings, sometimes filmed with a hidden camera. In Roubaix (North), the visit of a toy shop selling faceless dolls because “only Allah creates” aroused strong reactions.
Ophélie Meunier was placed under police protection. The lawyer Amine Elbahi, present in the program and also threatened, indicated that he was going to file a complaint.
The society of editors (SDR) of CNEWS supported Ophélie Meunier and her teams, “victims of unacceptable threats for simply exercising their profession as a journalist.”
The SDR of CNEWS gives its unconditional support to Ophélie Meunier (@ophmeunier) and its teams, victims of unacceptable threats for simply exercising their profession as journalists.
– SDR CNEWS (@CnewsSdr) January 31, 2022
The Societies of Journalists (SDJ) of M6, RTL and BFMTV, as well as the National Union of Journalists (SNJ), also condemned these attacks.
On the political side, in addition to Gérald Darmanin, the Republican candidate for the presidential election Valérie Pécresse welcomed the “courageous investigation” of M6, before giving her support to Ophélie Meunier. Fabien Roussel (PCF) and Eric Zemmour (Reconquête!) also expressed their indignation at the threats against the host.