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Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: France

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date February 2008
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: France, February 2008, available at: [accessed 18 January 2018]
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Officers with the Directorate of Territorial Security, a counterespionage agency, searched the Paris home of Guillaume Dasquié, a reporter for the daily Le Monde, and detained the reporter for 48 hours. Magistrate Philippe Coirre filed preliminary charges against Dasquié on December 6, alleging that the reporter had published intelligence secrets related to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. The probe stemmed from an April 16 article that said French intelligence agents had warned U.S. counterparts of the terrorist plot, according to international news reports. The article contained excerpts from what Le Monde described as a 328-page classified report. Dasquié faced five years in prison.

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