France / 2011

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Spying on media exposes French government's dark side

September 3, 2011 10:52 AM ET

"The freedom of the press and the lie of the state." The headline Thursday in the influential newspaper Le Monde was bound to make a big splash. While President Nicolas Sarkozy was basking in the glory of his Libyan intervention and celebrating the virtues of democracy, the French "paper...

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French ex-hostages: Press must continue in Afghanistan

July 1, 2011 8:35 AM ET

Stéphane Taponier and Hervé Ghesquière, the two France 3 journalists held captive by the Taliban for 547 days, had a big surprise when they entered the France Télévisions building Thursday afternoon, a few hours after landing at the military base of Villacoublay, close to Paris, where they were welcomed...

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French news site must prove Uzbekistan is a dictatorship

May 16, 2011 6:10 PM ET

When Lola Karimova, the Uzbek president's youngest daughter, decided to sue the French online newspaper Rue89 in August for libel, she wanted to restore the reputation of her country. Or did she? Her case against one of the most irreverent Paris media outlets is slowly turning into a public...

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Remembering Bernard Estrade, a friend and AFP legend

March 21, 2011 3:44 PM ET

Legendary Agence France-Presse correspondents Bernard Estrade died last week in Paris after a long illness. He was one of the great reporters of his era and a great friend of CPJ....

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CPJ presses slow, cautious Council of Europe on Azerbaijan

March 8, 2011 5:05 PM ET

Strasbourg prides itself on being the "European capital of human rights." The historic French city, located on the border with Germany, is home to the Council of Europe (CoE), a 47-member institution focused on the promotion of democracy and the rule of law. It is also the seat of the...

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Out of Africa: Lucie Umukundwa five years later

March 4, 2011 1:04 PM ET

Five years after helping her leave her region due to threats, CPJ catches up with Rwandan journalist Lucie Umukundwa to learn more about her struggles to resettle in another continent, regain a foothold in journalism and continue to make an impact in Africa....

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Paris and Brussels mobilize for Hrant Dink murder trial

February 11, 2011 5:03 PM ET

On January 19, 2007, Hrant Dink, the founder and editor-in-chief of the Armenian-Turkish weekly Agos, was gunned down in front of his office building in Istanbul. The murder sent shockwaves through the Turkish and international human rights and press freedom communities. It also triggered a mobilization of thousands of...

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