By Iddhis Bing, 99GetSmart
Edouard Perrin is a French documentary filmmaker who works at Premières Lignes in Paris. As part of Cash Investigations, he is widely known for his programs on tax evasion in France and other countries, most notably Luxembourg. 99GetSmart Readers may remember the Invisible Money series that appeared here, which was based on the documents provided to Perrin by Antoine Deltour, an ex-employee of the accounting firm PwC. Perrin’s refusal to be intimidated by approximately 300,000 pages of material and his persistance with the story led to several awards and a major European scandal, now known as LuxLeaks. Subsequent revelations that have appeared on the ICIJ and Guardian websites are in substantial measure based on Perrin’s research. Readers may also recall that the material appeared on 99GetSmart more than a year in advance of those somewhat larger news organizations.
Premières Lignes is located on the same floor of the same building as Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and Perrin was present when the well-armed attackers burst into the building at 11:30 a.m. He along with others managed to escape to the roof. What follows is a translation of the brief message that Perrin posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Readers interested in the Invisible Money series can find it at the bottom of this post.
J Iddhis Bing
Ed Perrin’s statement:
Facebook asks, What’s on your mind this evening?
I don’t have any idea.
Or too many, far too many.
I work at the Premières Lignes press agency.
We are Charlie Hebdo’s neighbors on the same floor.
Hebdo was where I published my first articles. During the last century.
Just a few hours ago, I searched for the pulse of my revered mentors in journalism, in criticism, in derision and above all in freedom of thought.
Cabu, Charb, Honoré, Maris, Wolinsky… and others whom I cannot recall at this moment.
May the earth rest lightly upon you.
P.S. If by some miracle there is a god who shelters them, they would want to see EVERYONE on their feet. Charb had even made it his raison d’etre: To die standing rather than live on one’s knees. Or worse, in hiding.
PPS: If by chance, someone, anyone, has personal contact with Tony Barber of the Financial Times, could he or she be kind enough to inform him that he’s not welcome here. That’s a euphemism. I recommend that everyone read, if it hasn’t been pulled by the Financial Times, yesterday’s midday editorial blog. It is exactly the opposite of how we should think and act.
PPPS: On the subject of Fight, and therefore of an enemy, I invite you to reread Camus.
“The evil that exists in the world almost always stems from ignorance.”
“There always comes a time in history when those who dare to say two plus two equals four are punished with death.”
The Plague, again
“For those of us who do not believe in God, without justice there can only be despair.”
“I have thrown a bomb at your tyranny – not at a man.”
” – No doubt. But it is the man who was hit.”
Also from The Just
“Happiness? – To hold the hand of a man before he dies.”
The Just, once again
With love, Ed
1 Barber’s column was subsequently pulled by FT.
2 Fight (Combat, in French) was the French underground resistance newspaper Camus wrote for.
Invisible Money Series by Iddhis Bing:
– Invisible Money 1: How It Gets That Way: http://99getsmart.com/?p=4736
– Invisible Money 2: Voyage to Luxembourg: http://99getsmart.com/?p=4914
– Invisible Money 3: http://99getsmart.com/?p=5319
– Invisible Money 4: Of Luxembourg, London and Paris, and a Lady Named Merkiavelli: http://99getsmart.com/?p=5411
– Invisible Money 5: The Cloud Factory Revisited Up The Ladder, Marius Kohl to Luc Frieden: http://99getsmart.com/invisible-money-5-the-cloud-factory-revisited-up-the-ladder-marius-kohl-to-luc-frieden/