Question asked by E on 14/10/2019
Your question refers to the reactions to the hiring, by CNEWS, of Eric Zemmour, finally convicted of inciting religious hatred on September 17, and author of an Islamophobic speech at the convention of the Right Ten days later.
The LREET 2nd constituency MP LaREM Caroline Janvier explained on October 10 that she would no longer visit CNews, using the #BoycottCNews hashtag launched earlier on Twitter.
For my part, it will be #boycottCNewshttps://t.co/ZT1sIpHbbN
– Caroline Janvier (@CarolineJanuary) October 10, 2019
Same step in the following days from his colleague from the Assembly and member of the Val d'Oise (LaRem) Fiona Lazaar, or Guillaume Chiche, deputy LaRem des Deux-Sevres.
Also in the political world, Cedric Villani, interviewed on CNews, expressed his regret at having been informed so late the homophobic remarks made the previous day by Eric Zemmour, ensuring that he would have canceled his visit if he had had front wind. His "entourage" has since confided to Release that the candidate for mayor of Paris did not intend to boycott the chain permanently.
.@VillaniCedric sure @CNEWS Yesterday Zemmour called homosexuality of choice and the desire of a child of couples of the same sex of caprice.These words divide and have nothing to do on your channel like yours.If it had not been so late I would have canceled my coming. " 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Szo47AdIIG
– Claire Underwood (@ParisPasRose) October 16, 2019
For his part, Jacques Attali announced, in response to a tweet from Jean-Pierre Elkabbach announcing the arrival of Attali the next morning, that hewould come over on CNews for the moment". Without saying explicitly if it had a link with the presence of Eric Zemmour.
No, unfortunately: I will not come on CNews anymore, for the moment. https://t.co/CgiFs3MPyP
– Jacques Attali (@jattali) October 16, 2019
Monday, October 14, in a blog post of Mediapart, fifteen personalities had signed a ticket entitled: "We will not go on CNews anymore!"
Here's how the text begins: "We, people committed against the stigmatization of scapegoats in our country, we will not go to CNews as long as the channel maintains its project of emission that will give the floor to the polemicist far right Eric Zemmour. Let's be clear, it is not the plurality of opinions that we refute. The debate of ideas, the disagreements are necessary to the democracy. Voices speak every day on our television channels, position themselves on immigration, the rights of women, homosexuals, foreigners, or. But there is a moment when certain voices, of supremacist inspiration, go beyond all bounds, fall foul of the law, and it becomes criminal to give them such an audience. Racism, the call to hatred and violence against minorities are crimes!"
Among the 14 signatories: Maxime Combes, spokesman for ATTAC, Laurence de Cock, historian, Fatima Benomar and Caroline de Haas, both members of the feminist collective #NousToutes.
Valerie Trierweiler had also announced her decision to stop responding to the channel's invitations on the CNews set on 10 October. "This is the last time I come to your channel since it welcomes Eric Zemmour, who for me, advocates hatredShe had told Laurence Ferrari on Punchline.
Clear and precise speech, Valerie Trierweiler will no longer intervene on the CNews channel because she welcomes Éric Zemmour who advocates a hate speech and many should follow his example. pic.twitter.com/NqGGhPBJN4
– Hocine (@ tinord59) October 12, 2019
On Twitter, Marwan Muhammad, former director of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) also said, screenshot of a text message visibly sent to a CNews programmer in support, no longer want to go on this channel.
No ads of the week during Zemmour
Finally, the personalities are not the only ones to boycott the chain since the arrival of Eric Zemmour. As CheckNews has seen, there has been no advertising since the launch of the program on October 14, whether before, during or after the show in which Eric Zemmour participates.
Note that CNews is not alone in dissuading some guests to come on the plateau. The economist Thomas Porcher has decided to boycott LCI because of the words of Olivier Galzi who had compared the day before the Islamic veil to the SS uniform.
I discover the Islamophobic words of@OlivierGalzi.
I can not consciously accept being present every Thursday on his set.
Words have consequences and everyone must now take responsibility.
I take mine leaving the show. # 9hGalzi https://t.co/HBneKq9b8O
– Thomas Porcher (@PorcherThomas) October 17, 2019
This article will be updated according to possible new positions
(By the 3rd year students of the school of journalism of Toulouse – EjT)