PARIS, France – Six people who became hostages during the Islamist attack that happened in a Jewish supermarket in Paris last January have sued a French media for broadcasting the location where they hid during the siege.
According to reports, the six supermarket hostages decided to file charges against the French 24-hour news channel BFMTV for almost putting their life at risk during the hostage-taking.
It was on January 9 when a jihadist, identified as Amedy Coulibaly, stormed the Hyper Casher Jewish supermarket, killed four people and took others as hostages.
The survivors, including a three-year-old toddler and a one-month-old infant, managed to hide inside the cold storage room with the help of one of the supermarket’s staff. However, the French news channel BFMTV during that time revealed the group’s location live on-air.
The group’s lawyer Patrick Klugman criticized the media’s coverage during the siege, saying, “The working methods of media in real time in this type of situation were tantamount to goading someone to commit a crime.”
He noted that the lives of those who are hiding in the cold room could have been at risk if the hostage taker had been aware of BFMTV’s live coverage. He added that Coulibaly was monitoring the coverage on different channels and had been in contact with BFMTV journalists.
To end the siege, the French special forces have killed the jihadist in a hail of gunfire.
The terror attack in Paris started on January 7 when twelve people were shot at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The two brothers who were suspected behind the attack were also killed on January 9.
The consecutive Islamist attacks have claimed 17 people’s lives in Paris; putting France in heightened alert from terrorism.
The lawsuit charged BFMTV for endangering the lives of others by deliberately ignoring security protocols, which carries a penalty of a €15,000 (£11,000) fine and one year jail term.