The magazines Causeur and Valeurs currents, sued for defamation for articles on a criminal conviction of the filmmaker Ladj Ly, were released on Wednesday April 13 in Paris, a decision whose director of Miserables will call.
The relaxed media
The case dates back to December 17, 2019, a few days before the Oscars ceremony for which Ladj Ly’s film, jury prize at the Cannes festival and success in theaters, had been selected to represent France.
That day, Causeur.fr published an article, taken up by the ultra-conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles, entitled:
Ladj Ly served time for complicity in attempted murder. The latter had announced to file a complaint.
Ladj Ly was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for
kidnapping and forcible confinement and non
complicity in attempted murderfor a punitive expedition carried out in January 2009 with two men, a case in which he has always maintained his innocence.
The investigation showed that he had not participated in the violence against the victim. In 2012, the court of appeal reduced the sentence to three years in prison, one of which was suspended, served by Ladj Ly.
In its judgment on Wednesday, the court dismissed the lawsuits for defamation on the basis of the real or supposed affiliation to a religion, included in the complaint of the artist. For the rest, the press chamber considered that part of the remarks were indeed defamatory and stressed that the article contained a
It nevertheless considered that the defendants should be released because the journalist, author of the article, benefited from a
sufficient factual basisnamely court decisions.
The director will appeal
According to the decision,
the visibly complex nature of the unfolding of the facts and the mode of narration chosen by the criminal court (in its judgment NDLR) were likely to cause some confusion in the role of each.
While it is certain that Ladj Ly was not convicted of attempted murder, this error, limited to the sole qualification of the facts […] and committed by a non-lawyer, cannot suffice to deprive the factual basis of its relevance.
The director’s lawyer has indicated her intention to appeal.
During the hearing on February 4, Me Julia Minkowski had criticized
seriously defamatory information and denounced
extraordinary bad faith of the item.
Causeur is an opinion journal, not an investigative one.had replied the magazine’s lawyer, while admitting a
qualifying error. Me Rodolphe Bosselut had also argued that the article had been rectified the day after its publication.
We are obviously very satisfied with the decision made.he said on Wednesday.