It is a story that, potentially, involves the widespread contamination of online information. The economic intelligence company Avisa Partners, which provides services to foreign dictatorships and major firms listed on France's CAC 40 stock market, already stands accused of manipulating information on participative forums on French and foreign media, including Mediapart, as we reported in June (read in French here). Now the same firm is also suspected of having successfully infiltrated the online collaborative encyclopaedia Wikipedia, which is read by four million visitors a day in France alone. The reported aim is to change pages to secretly promote its clients or denigrate competitors.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.