In conference this morning I mentioned novelist Emile Zola's impassioned defence of Alfred Dreyfus. It was published in the French newspaper L'Aurore in January 1898.  I described it as the most influential newspaper opinion column ever. Others have gone a lot further. To some it is simply the greatest newspaper article ever written. You may care to read it and decide for yourselves. 

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I couldn't find the article on those pages, but it's here on wikipedia (sorry!)

 A pasting error, John, for which I apologise. Many thanks for posting the right link. 

J'accuse