Mediapart launches appeal against Bettencourt privacy censorship

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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.