Mediapart launches appeal against Bettencourt privacy censorship

Forty media organizations, trade unions and civil liberties groups have come together to launch an appeal against the court of appeal judgement ordering Mediapart to remove all extracts from the so-called 'butler tapes' that sparked off the Bettencourt affair. The campaign, which is entitled 'We have the right to know', is calling for signatures from journalists, politicians, the general public and, of course, Mediapart readers.

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Mediapart and around forty media organisations, unions and civil liberties groups are today launching an appeal against the decision by a French court to order Mediapart to remove all quotes and extracts from the so-called 'butler tapes' that sparked the Bettencourt affair.

The appeal, entitled 'We have the right to know', was officially launched at a press conference at the Paris headquarters of freedom of information campaigners Reporters without Borders at 11.30am on Thursday July 11th. The aim of this mass campaign is to make clear that the judgement by the court of appeal at Versailles delivered on Thursday July 4th crossed a line in respect of freedom of information, which is a fundamental right of all citizens.