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Press Freedom in France: Shut Up or Lock Up

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  1. Hi,

    Every morning I come to this site to see what else I should be depressed about – and today it is this:
    “Mr de Filippis had the misfortune to be cited in a complaint lodged two years ago by the disgruntled head of an Internet service provider for libel. Xavier Niel, head of Free Internet, was unhappy about a commentary posted on Liberation‚Äôs website in response to an article on his legal problems.”

    For that misfortune, he endured this: “Last Friday Vittorio de Filippis, former publisher of the [formerly] left-wing Libération newspaper, was — according to press reports — seized at his home before dawn, handcuffed in front of two young boys and whisked off for interrogation by an investigating magistrate. Police told him he was “worse than scum” and kept him for five hours in a cell with no access to a lawyer. Oh, and he was strip-searched twice and subjected to “body cavity” examinations.”

    “Worse than scum” sounds awefully close to: “you are a completely stupid fool, a disgrace to humanity.”

    See: Rebuttal to Paul Craig Roberts’: ‘Washington Arrogance has Fomented a Muslim Revolution’ (

    Why do the handful of journalist persist in this profession? Indeed, it would be a lot easier to be part of the ‘network’:

    ‘The real value of Tragedy and Hope … [is the] bold and boastful admission by Dr. Quigley that there actually exists a relatively small but powerful group which has succeeded in acquiring a choke-hold on the affairs of practically the entire human race. Of course we should be quick to recognize that no small group could wield such gigantic power unless millions of people in all walks of life were “in on the take” and were willing to knuckle down to the iron-clad regimentation of the ruthless bosses behind the scenes. As we shall see, the network has succeeded in building its power structure by using tremendous quantities of money (together with the vast influence it buys) to manipulate, intimidate, or corrupt millions of men and women and their institutions on a world-wide basis.’ (W. Cleon Skousen, The Naked Capitalist, pg. 6.) (

    Zahir Ebrahim