Journalism on trial in absurd closing act of the Bettencourt saga

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It is not individual journalists who are standing trial this week before a court in Bordeaux, but rather journalism itself – its democratic principle, its civic essence, its social justification. Three Mediapart journalists, including myself, and two of our colleagues from weekly French magazine Le Point, are to appear before the court between November 3rd and November 5th to answer charges of illegally handling information gained from “the invasion of personal privacy”.

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