Jean-Paul Mari

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An information void in Mali as journalists are obstructed

February 1, 2013 9:48 AM ET

Three weeks after France's military intervention in Mali, the war remains largely "without images and without facts," as described by Jean-Paul Mari, special envoy for the newsweekly Le Nouvel Observateur. Although journalists have been allowed to follow French and Malian...

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In Mali, a war 'without images and without facts'

January 25, 2013 11:54 AM ET

The French army is often called la Grande Muette, or "the Great Silent." The war in Mali confirms the French military's well-deserved reputation of being secretive about front-line actions. "Locking the information is more in the culture of the...

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