Ligue du LOL: Secret group of French journalists targeted women
Several senior French journalists were suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating on-line harassment thru a non-public Facebook group.
The largely-male Ligue du LOL (League of LOL) mocked women, together with different journalists, with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic photographs.
Dozens of women have spoken out for the reason that group was once exposed by way of the key French day-to-day Libération.
Libération’s on-line editor Alexandre Hervaud is amongst the ones suspended.
People within the League of LOL arrange nameless Twitter accounts in an effort to harass distinguished journalists, writers and activists – predominantly focused on women.
Vincent Glad, a well known freelancer who additionally labored for Libération, admitted founding the group in 2009. He has additionally been suspended from the paper.
He apologised on Twitter (in French), announcing that he now realised that “such practices were unacceptable and ‘LOL’ was not funny at all when it is done in a pack”.
Mr Hervaud additionally tweeted out an apology for his involvement, however in a later submit went directly to assault “those who jump with joy” at his suspension.
Libération is now sporting out an inside investigation into each Mr Hervaud and Mr Glad.
Journalist Nora Bouazzouni, Slate France reporter Lucile Bellan, and podcaster Mélanie Wanga have all described being targeted by way of the group.
In a tweet, science presenter Florence Porcel stated guy had referred to as her telephone, posing as an editor of a “prominent” information programme. He interviewed her for a non-existent task and publicly posted the audio of their dialog on-line.
“When the recording was made public, I cried of shame for three days,” Ms Porcel stated.
David Doucet, editor of French mag Les Inrockuptibles, confessed to being at the back of the faux interview and publicly apologised to Ms Porcel.
Others implicated within the scandal come with senior journalists and managers from primary retailers together with Slate France and public members of the family company Publicis.
France’s minister for virtual affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, has described individuals of the “League of LOL” as “losers”.
“It is a group of guys high on their power at being able to make fun of other people. Except that their mockery had an effect in real life,” Mr Mahjoubi stated.