Freedom of Press in France? Guess not. The offices of Auto Plus magazine was raided by authorities after the magazine published unauthorized photos of a new Renault model. Renault complained that the magazine published photos and details of a model not set to be released for another 3 years. While Renault refused to speak about the photos leaked to Auto Plus, the National Union of Journalists (SNJ) revealed in a statement that the model causing all the wrath of Renault is the future Megane.
During the raid, police took computers, hard drives, photos, and even one journalist, Bruno Thomas. The authorities are also investigating a Renault employee who is believed to have leaked the photos and information.
According to a Renault spokesman, "It kills creativity; you may as well just give our models to the newspapers and our competitors. What’s the point of doing any research? The idea is not to attack Auto Plus but to cut off the sources that feed it, to find the source in house.”
Of course the National Union Of Journalists has seen it differently and complained that "It’s intolerable that journalists should be treated like criminals when they are just doing their job of informing the public."