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Monday, January 30, 2006
Harassment of French blogger Christophe Grébert continues:

I recently began doing volunteer work for the Committee to Protect Bloggers and my First POST is completed and should be up on the site very soon, here's a copy!:

On May 15, 2004 French blogger Christophe Grébert (MONPUTEAUX.COM) from the wealthy city of Puteaux was arrested by local police under direct order of the Puteaux Mayor; but National Police intervened and released Christophe as soon as they found out.

The Committee to Protect Bloggers recently contacted Christophe for an update on his situation.

Since his arrest in 2004 Christophe says he has been victim to "real harassment" by the local government (Town Hall). The Mayor admits to using special powers ( droit de préemption ) to place "toilsome" people in a flat near Christophe's, and has spent in excess of 40,000 Euros on judicial action against Christophe.

Christophe Grébert is taking donations on his blog through Paypal to cover his defence costs, receiving over 3500 euros so far. “I could keep blogging, because of the solidarity of the Puteolians and of the net surfers.” Christophe said of his supporters.

Monputeaux.com was created on May 1st 2002. Now the Monputeaux gets more than 2000 comments, 45000 visitors and 90.000 hits each month. Last year Monputeaux.com selected by Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders) for the “Freedom Blog Award 2005”. [/snip]

Christophe pointed us to this article:


[snip] French press Thursday January 12-06
MONPUTEAUX.COM ON TRIAL ON February 03-2006 <>

The blogger owner of monputeaux.com, Christophe Grébert, has to go on trial at the Paris Court on 02-03-2006 at 13h30( 1.30 p.m.), because of an accusation of defamation from the mayor of Puteaux.

[snip]The author of monputeau.com will appear at the same time with the newspaper “Le parisien”. In fact, this blogger is sued for having reproduced an fragment of an article of this national dailynewspaper. This article called into question the town hall about alottment of contracts. <>

Christophe Grébert says he never wanted to vilify “his” town : “ I have quoted some lines of an inquiry from Le parisien and I have added one comment. Following to this, I’m put in trial! Do all the bloggers who quote and comment articles risk the same thing?

“The Puteolian blogger feels he is a victim of a “real harassment”. [/snip]

More about Christophe’s situation will be coming very soon. In the mean time send him your support and donate to help him pay the expenses of defending the blogosphere and its right to exist as is.

(Committee to Protect Bloggers volunteer)
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