French state sentenced over attempt to search Mediapart's offices

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On July 6th, a French court ruled against the state over its attempted search of Mediapart’s premises on February 4th 2019, which it found was “neither necessary in a democratic society, nor proportionate to the objective sought”. The ruling, which was notably severe for the Paris public prosecution services, further enshrines the freedom to inform and the protection of sources, writes Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this analysis of the case.

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“Disgraceful, disgusting, Stalinian” was how, in an interview published on February 10th 2019, high-profile French lawyer Éric Dupond-Moretti described what he said were Mediapart’s “methods”, supposedly justifying an attempted search of our editorial offices, ordered by the Paris public prosecutor’s office six days earlier.