French court lowers fine against Bloomberg
A French appeal court on Thursday upheld a ruling by France’s markets watchdog AMF against U.S. news agency Bloomberg News for publishing a hoax press release, French media reported, but lowered its fine to three million euros.
A Reuters story states, “Bloomberg News was originally fined five million euros ($5.9 million) in December 2019 for publishing a hoax press release in November 2016 relating to construction group Vinci, which had filed a legal complaint to the AMF.
“The AMF said at the time that Bloomberg should have known the information in the hoax press release was false.
“‘Our journalists, among others, simply reported on what appeared to be newsworthy information and were the victims of a sophisticated hoax, the perpetrator of which has not yet been found,’ a Bloomberg spokesperson said after Thursday’s ruling.
“‘We hoped that the court would recognize the issues of press freedom at stake. We are disappointed the court has not overturned the original decision and will consider our options on appeal,’ they added.”
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