Agence France-Presse (AFP) Takes Shareholding in Scooplive

    Scooplive goes international and becomes CITIZENSIDE.COM

    PARIS, November 27 /CNW/ - Agence France-Presse (AFP) and IAM, a company
founded by Xavier Gouyou Beauchamps and Pascal Josephe, reported this morning
that it had taken minority shareholding in Scooplive, renamed CITIZENSIDE.

    Scooplive, a company founded in 2006 by Matthieu Stefani, Julien Robert
and Philippe Checinski, gives individuals the opportunity to sell their
pictures and videos on current news, in return for a small commission. The
company now takes a step forward and becomes CITIZENSIDE
(, a site which enables the media to use the platform that
has been developed for two years as a white label. The media will thus be able
to cultivate nearness and interaction with their readers or audience, and to
obtain from them news documents to complement their own or agencies

    Committed to its clients, the media, AFP aims at helping them to develop
a privileged relationship with their readers or audience, and to obtain from
the public valuable news by holding the platform CITIZENSIDE at their

    "For us, this gives us the opportunity to conduct a commercial and
technologic experience in the world of the web 2.0, for the benefit of our
clients, mainly in the media sector. We intend to offer them the possibility
to use the technological platform under their own brand. AFP will not be
involved in the editorial process of selection and validation of the documents
available on the platform" said Pierre Louette, AFP Chairman.

    With contributors from around 90 countries, is a site
pursuing strategic aims: acceleration of its international development,
widening of its community, increase of the documents received and of the
number of partnerships with the press, TV, web and mobile media.

    CITIZENSIDE wants to emerge as a global leader of qualified participative
information by developing a favoured relationship between amateur and
professional media.

    "CITIZENSIDE will capitalize on the experience gained by its founders and
its new partners" says Matthieu Stefani, a founder of Scooplive.

    AFP, the first news agency in the world, was created in 1835 by
Charles-Louis Havas, its current President being Pierre Louette. Today, it
operates in 165 countries and has over 4,000 employees and 7,000 clients.

    Citizenside (, launched as Scooplive is a pioneer in
citizen reporting. Launched on June 20th, 2006, by Julien Robert, Philippe
Checinski and Matthieu Stefani, Scooplive enables amateurs and professionals
to sell their news documents (events, celebrities, sports, etc.) to the media

    Xavier Gouyou Beauchamps is a former adviser of Valery Giscard d'Estaing
and was chief of the press department at the Elysee Palace from 1974 to 1976.
He is also a former president of Sofirad, Telediffusion de France (TDF) and
Sofipost. He was the CEO of France 3 from 1994 to 1996 and then chairman of
France Television from 1996 to 1999.

    Pascal Josephe is the chairman of IMCA, International Media Consultant
Associes, a company specializing in consultancy in the world of communications
and media that he founded in 1994; prior to this, he was in charge of
different TV channels programs.

    Philippe Checinski is a former trader at Refco Trading Services. He was
also in charge of marketing studies at Banque Bipop.

    Julien Robert graduated as an engineer (SUPINFO Paris) and obtained a
Master in Web Technologies (Oxford Brookes University) with distinction. He
also received the B.O.C.C. award for developing the W3C (World Wild Web
Consortium), an application dedicated to the research regarding daltonism.

    Matthieu Stefani is one of the pioneers of free daily newspapers in
France. He worked from 2001 to 2005 for Metro France and Metro International.
He is also a founder of Stobacco (, a community site helping
its members who want to quit smoking.

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For further information: Agence France-Presse Press Contact: Pierre
Fernandez: + 33 1 40 41 49 23

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