A victory for press freedom as Dassault loses his legal action against Mediapart

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In a judgment pronounced on October 18th, a Paris court threw out a legal suit brought against Mediapart by French businessman and politician Serge Dassault. The billionaire, who heads the Dassault Group, a defence, aviation, media and property empire founded by his father Marcel Dassault, had applied for a censorship order on the contents of audio recordings published by Mediapart in which he can be heard confirming his participation in electoral fraud.