The foundation will file a defamation complaint against Pierre Barnérias, the author of the controversial documentary on Covid-19.
Involved in the documentary full of false information «Hold-up», the Institut Pasteur does not intend to stop there. The foundation announced that it would file a defamation complaint against director Pierre Barnérias, according to “Release”. The Institut Pasteur jumped when it discovered certain sequences of this documentary released on November 11 and widely shared on social networks.
One of them focuses on the origin of Covid-19 and takes up a theory already widely relayed on the web: Sars-Cov2 would have been created in a laboratory, from a modified SARS with a part of the malaria genome. Shortly after the start of the health crisis in Europe, a viral video directly accused the Pasteur Institute of having manufactured the virus. This theory has been repeatedly denied, but it resurfaced in “Hold-up”, in the mouth of an “expert in pharmacology and toxicology”.
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Outraged, the foundation decided to take legal action. “The video extract that we see from 1:49 in the documentary” Hold-up “and which quotes the Institut Pasteur has been added to a larger file submitted to justice,” explains the Institut Pasteur to LCI. He continues: “Beyond firmly denying these false assertions and recalling the reality of facts and knowledge, it is also a question of denouncing insults and threats against employees and researchers of the Institut Pasteur and of ‘prevent them from recurring. ”
Last March, the establishment had already lodged a complaint against the Youtubeur Cat Medusa, who accused the Institut Pasteur of being at the origin of the Covid-19. He supported his statements on a patent filed by the foundation in 2004 to research a vaccine against Sars-CoV-1, another type of coronavirus that killed more than 700 people in 2003. The individual was sentenced to one fine of 5,000 euros (5,400 francs) suspended and one euro symbolic damages.