French landmark case: A new dawn for investigative journalism? | Online Journalism Features | Journalism.co.uk

At the end of last year the French courts finally ended a long
running legal battle which saw 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
Denis 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 and could make
the work of investigative journalists in France and beyond much
easier.

h/t Kate Sutherland (@LawandLit) here

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