How the Bettencourt scandal began and ended in a trial of freedom of the press

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Since 2010, according to the records of Mediapart’s lawyers, Jean-Pierre Mignard and Emmanuel Tordjman, we have been the subject of legal proceedings led, in succession, by a total of no less than 43 magistrates over our reporting of the so-called “Bettencourt affair”, which centred on the nefarious activities of the entourage of L’Oréal cosmetics firm heiress Liliane Bettencourt (see here  and here).  Over a period of seven years, and before both civil and criminal courts, Mediapart has been required to justify itself for having simply carried out its professional duties, those of reporting issues of public interest, and at the service of the public’s right to know.