RSF condemns online attacks by Armenians on French reporter

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the online attacks that a French TV reporter received from members of the Armenian community in France after just doing her job by covering the current fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region from the Azerbaijani side of the front line.


Liseron Boudoul, a staff reporter for the French TV channel TF1, began receiving hate messages on Facebook and Twitter and was insulted as “genocidal whore,” after TFI broadcasted her report on its 8 p.m. news programme on 22 October. She was also subjected to pressure via a WhatsApp text from someone who had managed to get her personal phone number. TF1 was itself also targeted by systematic harassment on social media and in emails and phone calls.

Earlier in October, two reporters for a leading French daily also got online threats from the Armenian community after publishing articles about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Paul and Szalai, the Head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans Desk, strongly condemned these harrasment which Liceron Budul and TF1 were subjected to: “It is unacceptable for a journalist and a media outlet to be hounded in this way for covering a conflict, on the grounds that they placed themselves on a certain side of the front line.We also call the co-chair of the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France, Frank Papazyan, to unequivocally condemn this grave attack on freedom of the press."

The social media users called the reportage, which was aired on Facebook, "misinformation". Some commented: "It’s possible that with a few beheadings of senior TF1 personnel, they will think better and more clearly." The day after Boudoul’s report was broadcast, members of the Armenian community demonstrated spontaneously outside TF1’s headquarters in Paris in protest against what they regarded as the TV channel’s biased coverage.

A few days ago, TF 1 made a reportage from the Armenian front about the conflict between the two countries. Finally, Liseron deleted Budul's reportage from the website to tensions with the Armenian community.



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RSF condemns online attacks by Armenians on French reporter

2020/10/1603867478-1603868824.jpg
Read: 572     10:45     28 October 2020    

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the online attacks that a French TV reporter received from members of the Armenian community in France after just doing her job by covering the current fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region from the Azerbaijani side of the front line.


Liseron Boudoul, a staff reporter for the French TV channel TF1, began receiving hate messages on Facebook and Twitter and was insulted as “genocidal whore,” after TFI broadcasted her report on its 8 p.m. news programme on 22 October. She was also subjected to pressure via a WhatsApp text from someone who had managed to get her personal phone number. TF1 was itself also targeted by systematic harassment on social media and in emails and phone calls.

Earlier in October, two reporters for a leading French daily also got online threats from the Armenian community after publishing articles about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Paul and Szalai, the Head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans Desk, strongly condemned these harrasment which Liceron Budul and TF1 were subjected to: “It is unacceptable for a journalist and a media outlet to be hounded in this way for covering a conflict, on the grounds that they placed themselves on a certain side of the front line.We also call the co-chair of the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France, Frank Papazyan, to unequivocally condemn this grave attack on freedom of the press."

The social media users called the reportage, which was aired on Facebook, "misinformation". Some commented: "It’s possible that with a few beheadings of senior TF1 personnel, they will think better and more clearly." The day after Boudoul’s report was broadcast, members of the Armenian community demonstrated spontaneously outside TF1’s headquarters in Paris in protest against what they regarded as the TV channel’s biased coverage.

A few days ago, TF 1 made a reportage from the Armenian front about the conflict between the two countries. Finally, Liseron deleted Budul's reportage from the website to tensions with the Armenian community.



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