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Hostage families to sue broadcaster

Published 03/04/2015

Security officers escort released hostages after they stormed a kosher market to end a hostage situation, in Paris (AP)
Security officers escort released hostages after they stormed a kosher market to end a hostage situation, in Paris (AP)

Families of the hostages of a radical gunman who killed four in a kosher supermarket are suing a French broadcaster over its live coverage of the attack, saying it put the hostages' lives in danger.

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman, said today that a preliminary investigation has been opened into the coverage by BFM television.

France's broadcast watchdog reprimanded BFM and several other television and radio stations for their coverage of the market hostage-taking and attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January.

BFM and other broadcasters notably revealed in live reports that hostages were hiding in the kosher market.

The watchdog and the families' lawyers say that could have endangered the hostages if the gunman found.

BFM would not immediately comment today.

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