Paris supermarket hostages sue TV channel for revealing hiding place

A group of terrified shoppers who took refuge in a supermarket cold store during a terrorist attack in Paris are suing a French television channel for revealing their hiding place.

The six people, who escaped to safety only after French special forces launched an assault on the Hyper Cacher store killing gunman Amédy Coulibaly, have accused BFMTV of putting their lives in danger.

In a live broadcast during the siege, a journalist from the 24-hour news channel announced that a woman had taken refuge in the refrigerated storeroom.

In fact, there were six people, including a three-year-old child and a one-month-old baby, hiding in the room.

h/t DR

  • simus1

    “journalist” indeed.
    Future journalists were said to be easy for teachers to spot even as pupils in the lowest grades at school. A certain combination of good printing, fawning teacher’s pet, and class sneak accurately revealed their vocation to be.

    • G

      I dare any urinalist who might read this to step forward (no need for names just occupation) & deny that anybody who can write english reasonably well could walk into a newsroom & do your job with only a few weeks of training.

      Of course they won’t because you can add gutlessness to their long list of wonderful defining attributes.

  • ntt1

    I hope France has something like Reckless endangerment to charge these idiots with, A classic example of the presenters having no clue or even a base ,in reality.

  • Waffle

    Interesting comments, but my own theory goes like this:

    The 80’s were a time of profound change, primarily because of the PC.

    The baby was thrown our with the bathwater because a lot of people (the over 40’s, the ones with knowledge and experience) were intimidated by the new technology and assumed to be incapable of learning it. Most of these people left the workforce, so nobody was left to mentor the newbies.

    By the end of the 80’s and early 90s, as veteran journalists retired, investigative journalism (think Woodward and Bernstein) died. They have been replaced by semi-literate propagandists.

    And Dwight said it best:

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