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Abigail with Attitude: For BNP Paribas, there are more questions than answers

handelsblatt-prot.gifSo that’s your technology nugget, but the media story of the moment is causing nearly as much discussion. An empty interview occurred in the German Handelsblatt newspaper.

BNP Paribas’ chief executive Baudouin Prot did an on-the-record interview with the banking editor, but then insisted on revising his answers. 

Irritated by this interference, the German paper published the interview without the answers. I’m not sure this shows Monsieur Prot in his best light – he certainly doesn’t come across as a master of the universe if he has nothing to say for himself.

Realising they might have scored an own goal, BNP’s press team subsequently posted their version of the interview on their website.

The blanks prove that freedom of the press is still alive despite the dictates of big business. 

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