Intelligence, democratic accountability, and the media in France

Van Puyvelde, D. (2014) Intelligence, democratic accountability, and the media in France. Democracy and Security, 10(3), pp. 287-305. (doi:10.1080/17419166.2014.946018)

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This article examines the relationship between the media, the government, and its intelligence apparatus in contemporary France. In a country characterized by a traditionally strong state, the relationship between intelligence and the media has often been tense. The recent affaire des fadettes—in which the Central Directorate for Domestic Intelligence tapped a journalist’s phone to trace the source of an unauthorized disclosure of government information—epitomizes the precarious position of the press in France. Following recent reforms, the French system of intelligence accountability would benefit from a more collaborative relationship between the institutions of government and the media.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Van Puyvelde, Dr Damien
Authors: Van Puyvelde, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Democracy and Security
Publisher:Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):1555-5860
Published Online:20 August 2014

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