Pegasus case: the National Union of Journalists and an NGO in turn file a complaint

Project Pegasus, a case of worldwide espionage dossier

An investigation published in mid-July by several international media revealed that the Pegasus software, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, would have made it possible to spy on telephone numbers. at least 180 journalists.

The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) and the NGO Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), which defends human rights, have in turn filed a complaint in Paris after the revelations about cell phone spying thanks to the Pegasus software .

These two complaints, announced this Thursday, join those already filed in this case by Mediapart, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), le Canard enchaîné and his former collaborator Dominique Simonnot, now e General Controller of Places of Deprivation of Liberty.

To examine all these complaints, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened on 20 July an investigation targeting ten offenses, including “invasion of privacy”, “interception of correspondence”, “fraudulent access” to a computer system and “criminal association”.

Interference with freedom of information The two new complaints from SNJ and GCHR were filed with the Paris prosecutor’s office in particular for “personality attacks” and “obstructing freedom of expression”, according to their lawyers, Mes William Bourdon and Vincent Brengarth.

“Journalists and opponents around the world have been spied on thanks to Pegasus”, do they recall in their stupid complaints ultimated by AFP. “Such acts directly infringe the freedom of expression, the freedom of information and the secrecy of sources” and “are likely to allow the work of journalists to be monitored” e t “defenders of rights”, they continue .

A survey published from 17 July by a consortium of 03 international media, revealed that the Pegasus software, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, allegedly allowed to spy on the numbers of at least 180 journalists , 600 politicians, 85 human rights activists or 57 business leaders from different countries. This journalistic work is based on a list of 49 telephone numbers, selected by NSO customers from 2016, obtained by the organization Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International.

According to French media, the cellphones of politicians, including President Emmanuel Macron and the former Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, would appear on “the list of numbers selected by a Moroccan state security service, user of the Pegasus spyware, for potential piracy ”. For its part, the Shereefian kingdom denounces “false allegations” and launched several defamation proceedings in France against several media as well as Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International.

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