The CDJ found a journalistic fault

The Council for Journalistic Ethics noted on November 16, 2022 that an article in La Derniere Heure, which reported on information intended to shed light on a murder case under investigation, had not respected ethics by publishing certain details of the intimate life of the victim’s companion without this adding any added value to the information and without taking into account the dignity of the person or his suffering as a companion of the victim.

Noting that this information was obviously of a nature to seriously damage the reputation and public image of the person concerned against whom no charge was brought, the CDJ notes that the journalist should also have requested the latter’s point of view before it was broadcast, which was not the case. He notes that this approach would have been all the more prudent and necessary since the journalist drew her information from a hearing report which she had not consulted – she had become aware of it indirectly, by telephone – and that she had not overlapped. The full opinion of the CDJ can be consulted here.

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