“This article appears to be an autobiographical or self-centered page that has been substantially modified, either by the principal concerned or by one or more people closely related to the subject. » Here is the content of the red frame that is now displayed on Wikipedia page the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Christophe Bechu. According to Mediapartan adviser to the minister has been struggling for two years to remove embarrassing passages from the online encyclopedia.
“When I took office in the summer of 2020, I realized that there was incorrect information, information was missing, dates were wrong. So I decided to take it back, ”defended the newspaper Aminata Diakité, digital communication advisor to the former mayor of Angers (Maine-et-Loire). With Mediapart, the one who does not work in the minister’s office, but is an employee of the town hall of Angers, evokes about thirty modifications.
Disturbing passages removed
According to the history of modifications available on Wikipedia, which Mediapart has dissected, Aminata Diakité wanted to delete paragraphs in reference to a critical report by the Court of Auditors on management by the mayor of Angers of the Terra Botanica plant park or on the municipal decision to remove HIV prevention posters in November 2016.
Other modifications were made by this same collaborator, also reports Mediapart in its article. Withdrawals and edits have mostly been revoked by other contributors.
Asked by Mediapart, Christophe Béchu said he ignored his collaborator’s approach. What she also confirms with the newspaper, saying that she acted on her own initiative. Even if these modifications were made from the town hall of Angers on his working hours.
This is not the first time that similar events have occurred. Early 2022, Freeze frames had thus told the way in which an adviser of Marlène Schiappa had written the Wikipedia page of the minister. In June 2022, Le Monde had revealed that more than 50% of the Wikipedia pages of the outgoing legislature had been modified at least once by the elected official or a member of his team. In early 2022, it was revealed thata cell of pro-Zemmour militants had worked actively to modify the Wikipedia pages of the candidate and his supporters in his favour.