Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, November 10, 2017

French Court Tosses Azerbaijani Defamation Suit Against French TV Network, Journalists

The Azerbaijani government attempted to bring a case of defamation against two French journalists and a French network in a French court, but the court dismissed the case, agreeing with the public prosecutor that freedom of the press was paramount in this instance. The government of Azerbaijani  had objected to coverage by France Télévisions, Elyse Lucet, and Laurent Richard of former French President Hollande's visit to that country. Ms. Lucet called the country a "dictatorship" and Mr. Richard called its President a "dictator." Azerbaijan says it plans an appeal of the ruling. More here from Radio France International.  here from Radio Free Europe.

In a statement, Reporters Without Borders said it was pleased that the French court has dismissed the case, stating, "“Any other decision would have opened a dangerous breach that would have allowed despots all over the world to come and persecute French journalists in France.”

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