Bureau Recommends: French government spied on journalist

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The Bureau recommends an article by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) about how the French government spied on a journalist at Le Monde.

Last year Le Monde filed a lawsuit against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office, claiming it had illegally intercepted the phone records of its investigative reporter Gérard Davet to expose a confidential source.

Davet had been looking into connections between France’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, and Eric Woerth, the former labour minister and treasurer of Sarkozy’s party.

The independent judge handling the case now has documents confirming intelligence agents were told to get Davet’s phone records from France Telecom.

The French government, which originally denied the allegations, has now admitted it accessed Davet’s phone records but not the content of the calls.

The CPJ says that under French law phone interceptions can only be used to protect the security of the state or the safety of its citizens.

Read the full story here.