“Unprecedented censorship”: Mediapart prevented from publishing an investigation into the mayor of Saint-Etienne

Mediapart muzzled? Justice has banned Mediapart from publishing new information on the mayor of Saint-Etienne Gaël Perdriau, after his previous revelations of alleged blackmail on intimate video, the investigative media announced on Monday, November 21, denouncing a “unprecedented prior censorship”.

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This order of the Paris court was issued urgently on Friday November 18, at the request of Gaël Perdriau, according to Mediapart. “It is an unprecedented decision in the memory of a lawyer and a journalist”, Mediapart publishing director Edwy Plenel told AFP. According to him, it stems from a “very exceptional procedure” who did not “never seen in the field of the press”.

“Mediapart was not informed of this procedure and the order was taken by a judge without our newspaper being able to defend its work and its rights”denounces Edwy Plenel in a posted post this Monday by Mediapart.

“She enjoins us” not to publish “new revelations on the political practices of the mayor of Saint-Étienne, based in particular on the same recordings which allowed us to reveal the scandal of the sextape blackmail of which his first centrist deputy, Gilles Artigues, was the victim”continues Edwy Plenel.

According to the text of the order, Mediapart will have to pay “10,000 euros per published extract”.

“All possible remedies”

According to Mediapart, Gaël Perdriau invoked “an invasion of privacy” to ask the justice for the non-publication of this article. The journalist who conducted the investigation had previously asked him for his position on the “new facts” what the article should be about.

According to Edwy Plenel, these facts “challenging the practices of the mayor of Saint-Étienne, particularly in the use of rumor as a political instrument”. “This time, their victim is a notable figure on the right, Laurent Wauquiez, LR president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region”he adds.

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“Our lawyers are implementing all possible legal remedies to quickly put an end to this censorship”underlines the director of the publication of Mediapart, by making the parallel with another court decision taken at the beginning of October by the commercial court of Nanterre.

Prosecuted by the Altice group for having published articles based on documents stolen by computer hackers, the information site Reflets was prohibited from publishing others. The appeal hearing will take place on Wednesday in Versailles.

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