FREE PRESS: Le Monde’s editorial team pushed back on Wednesday against Pierre Bergé, one of its shareholders, who claimed Tuesday on French radio station RTL that the French daily newspaper had “thrown to the lions” names of high-profile people called into question in the affair dubbed “Swiss Leaks.”

“Swiss Leaks” are leaked files, based on the inner workings of HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm and related to secretive accounts worth more than $100 billion held by royals, politicians, film actors and sports stars – among others, which were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) via Le Monde.

ICIJ also has claimed that the bank “sheltered murky cash linked to dictators and arms dealers.”

Le Monde has been following the story closely.

“We condemn with force, as in the proceeding times, this intrusion in the editorial content,” Le Monde’s society of editors said in a statement.

“The role of shareholders is to define the strategy of the company and not to try and weigh on the meaning of information.”

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