RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story August 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court orders monthly to pay exorbitant damages for report criticising Beaujolais FranceEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has condemned today’s decision by the Lyons appeal court to sentence the monthly Lyon Mag to pay 100,000 euros in damages to Beaujolais wine producers as an “attack on press freedom.” The amount of the damages set by the court was “out of all proportion to the harm suffered,” secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to justice minister Dominique Perben.The damages are to be paid to 56 wine-producing syndicates which filed suit claiming an article in the magazine’s issue no. 116 of July-August 2002 “denigrated” their product. The appeal court also ordered Lyon Mag to pay 20,000 euros in publication costs and 3,000 euros in court courts. The magazine said it will appeal to the court of cassation and, if necessary, to the European Court of Human Rights.The damages set by the appeal court were, however, less than the 284,143 euros set by a lower court in Villefranche-sur-Saône (Rhône) in January. This sum could have ruined the magazine, which has a turnover of 1.9 million euros. It was calculated on the basis of one euro for every hectolitre of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages produced annually by the syndicates.Headlined “A great expert says Beaujolais isn’t wine,” the article contained comments by François Mauss, president of the European Grand Jury (an association of professional wine-tasters), who was interviewed by Lyon Mag reporter Jean Barbier. In the three-page feature article, Mauss said Beaujolais “isn’t wine” and that it was “a crappy wine.” The monthly also ran a more moderate interview with Maurice Large, president of the Beaujolais Wines Inter-Professional Union, headlined “Beaujolais’s quality is not in doubt.” The court said in its ruling that “by misrepresenting the wine known as Beaujolais in this fashion, by resorting to scatological language and likening it to excrement, François Mauss and the journalist who interviewed him went beyond what is acceptable in the exercise of their respective social functions of criticism – even severe criticism – and information, and gravely abused their recognised freedom of expression and publication.” News June 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on France Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU FranceEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News to go further Organisation News RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says May 10, 2021 Find out more
Ex-Peace Corps volunteers plead with US for help on TigrayEx-Peace Corps volunteers plead with US for help on Tigray
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 350 former Peace Corps volunteers and a trio of former U.S. ambassadors have written to U.S. congressmen urging them to condemn the violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, warning that “as the fighting ostensibly winds down, we are quite sure that the war will continue on a much more pernicious level.” The letter seen by The Associated Press also asks lawmakers to press for humanitarian aid to all parts of Tigray, urge the United Nations to investigate and advocate for media access to the region “to document human rights abuses.” As the fighting enters its fourth month, such international pressure increases.