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After Paris complaint, Reporters Without Borders may file lawsuits against NSO Group in multiple countries

The Paris-based NGO along with two Moroccan-French journalists have already filed a complaint with prosecutors in Paris in the wake of the Pegasus exposé and possible surveillance of journalists.  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is planning to bring a lawsuit against the NSO Group in several countries after Pegasus was used to spy on journalists across the world, Daniel Bastard, Head of Asia-Pacific Desk at RSF said in a television panel discussion. When Medianama reached out to Daniel to elaborate on his comments, he said, “It's difficult to say for the time being since we are trying to foster a global response. We will continue to monitor developments and explore further routes to accountability." Bastard added that RSF will look to increase advocacy for a moratorium on the sale of spyware. Why it matters? NSO Group is the Israeli firm behind Pegasus spyware authorised for use by only "vetted governments" against criminals and terrorists. On July 18, it came to light that journalists, activists, politicians, diplomats, scientists, and businessmen around the world had been listed for surveillance using the spyware. These revelations were based on investigations by an international consortium of 17 news organisations led by Forbidden Stories, and a forensic analysis undertaken by Amnesty International.  What is RSF’s complaint about? “We have filed a complaint in France first because this country appears to be a prime target for NSO Group customers, and because RSF's international headquarters are located here. Other complaints will follow in other countries. The scale of the violations that…

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