May 12, 2022

“Forbidden zone” in Roubaix: “to show the truth, we have to use the hidden camera”, defends the director of the report

The report on Islamism in Roubaix, broadcast more than a week ago on M6, continues to make people react. Accusations of Islamophobia on one side, denunciation of death threats on the other, the controversy swells. Michaëlle Gagnet, director of the documentary, explained this Tuesday on CNEWS.

The director defended herself with regard to the use of the hidden camera, which some criticize that it serves to instill a climate of fear and danger in the documentary.

His job “is not dishonest,” she says. “When we want to show the truth, something that is hidden, something that is not said, we are obliged to use this process (…), otherwise we could never denounce it”.

“I would have preferred a Salafist to be able to express himself, to tell us why he believes in this rigorous Islam,” she continued. “He could even have defended himself from it, because many remain completely peaceful, but no one accepted”.

“Talking about Islamism has become a taboo subject”

She also explained her investigation and the controversy that ensued. “What runs through this report is fear. The fear of denouncing, the fear of saying things, the fear of reprisals and the fear of being called Islamophobic, as it could have been the case, ”she said.

“Talking about Islamism today has become a taboo subject,” she said. “I have colleagues who have seen their report on the same theme censored. People are scared”. About the threats received following her work, she said she found it “unbearable”, with the risk of coming to now only make subjects “consensual, institutional (…), uninteresting, simply so as not to shock or offend the people. Our colleagues (journalists) must be very united” to support each other.