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France reprimands TV networks over terrorist attacks coverage, after protests from families

France's broadcasting watchdog has issued formal warnings to 16 French television and radio stations over their coverage of terrorist attacks, hostage-takings and police standoffs last month.

Some stations were given simple warnings, while some were issued formal notices that could lead to financial sanctions in the case of a repeat offense.

The watchdog agency, known as CSA, accused several stations of putting the lives of hostages in danger by revealing sensitive information amid intense, blow-by-blow coverage of the Jan. 7-9 events.

It also reprimanded two stations for broadcasting images of radical gunmen shooting a policeman in the head outside the offices of newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

That attack led to a manhunt, hostage-takings and police standoffs at a kosher market and printing plant. Twenty people, including the gunmen, were killed.