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AFP’s Statutes

Saturday 15 November 2008

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Law n°57-32 of January 10, 1957 Defining the Statutes of Agence France-Presse.

Consolidated Version as of March 24, 2012

Article 1

Is hereby created, under the name of Agence France-Presse, an autonomous civil entity functioning under commercial rules.

The said body having as its purpose:

  1. To seek out, in France and all of the French Union as well as abroad, the elements of a complete and objective information service;
  2. To place that information at the disposal of users in exchange for payment.

Article 2

The activities of Agence France-Presse must comply with the following fundamental obligations:

  1. Agence France-Presse may under no circumstances take account of influences or considerations liable to compromise the exactitude or the objectivity of the information it provides; it may under no circumstances fall under the control, either de facto or de jure, of any ideological, political or economic grouping;
  2. Agence France-Presse must, to the full extent that its resources permit, develop and enhance its organisation so as to provide French and foreign users with exact, impartial and trustworthy information on a regular and uninterrupted basis;
  3. Agence France-Presse must, to the full extent that its resources permit, ensure the existence of a network of facilities giving it the status of a worldwide information service.

Translation SUD-AFP by David Sharp -