25 September 1997


Director of the weekly "L'Evenement du Jeudi" given one month suspended prison sentence for defamation

Incident details

Thierry Verret


legal action

(RSF/IFEX) - On 18 September 1997, the penal court of Nice handed
down a one month suspended sentence against Thierry Verret,
president and director of publication of the weekly "L'Evenement
du Jeudi", for defaming the mayor of Nice, Jacques Peyrat. The
conviction follows the publication in 1 August 1996 of an article
in which an editorial writer, using a pseudonym, made reference
to Peyrat having once belonged to the National Front party before
joining the Rassemblement pour la republique (RPR) party. Verret
was also ordered to pay 20 000 francs (approximately US$ 4500) in
damages and interst. He is appealing the decision.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • protesting the sentence handed down against Thierry Verret,
    which is disproportionate to the crime
  • reminding them that the United Nations Human Rights Commission
    states that "detention, as a negative measure against the
    peaceful expression of an opinion, constitutes one of the most
    reprehensible ways to impose silence, and is thus a serious
    violation of human rights"
  • stating that this ruling violates the jurisprudence of the
    European Court of Human Rights

    Appeals To

    Elisabeth Guigou
    Minister of Justice
    Paris, France
    Fax: +1 44 77 61 99

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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