ECHR ruling on Bettencourt tapes: a defeat for the freedom of information

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A ten-year legal battle led by Mediapart and its lawyers on the sidelines of the so-called “Bettencourt affair” – the manipulation of the then elderly L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt by her close entourage – has reached a conclusion before the European Court of Human Rights in what represents a major defeat for the right to inform.