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10 years later cleared of defamation - French landmark case: A new dawn for investigative journalism?

journalism.co.uk :: At the end of last year the French courts finally ended a long running legal battle which saw Denis Robert, an investigative journalist cleared of defamation 10 years after he first reported on Clearstream, a financial institution based in Luxembourg. The landmark ruling stated that although the work of journalist Robert contained inaccuracies, the thoroughness of his investigation and the public interest in the story outweighed the defamatory claims. The case has already been used as a legal precedent.

[Court ruling:] When dealing with a debate in the public interest, press freedom allows the possible use of a degree of exaggeration, or even of provocation, in remarks.

Continue to read Marianne Bouchart, www.journalism.co.uk

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