Hubert Beuve-Méry

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Hubert Beuve-Méry (born 5 January 1902 in Paris, France; died 6 August 1989) was a French journalist and newspaper editor. Before the Second World War, he was associated with right-wing causes and collaborated with the Vichy regime until December 1942, when he joined the Resistance. In 1944, he founded Le Monde at the behest of Charles de Gaulle. Following the liberation of France Beuve-Méry, built Le Monde from the ruins of Le Temps using its offices, printing presses, masthead and those staff members who had not collaborated with the Germans.


He retired his editorship in 1969 but retained an office at the Le Monde building until his death at age 87 on 6 August 1989, at his home in Fontainebleau, near Paris.[1]

In 2000, he was named a World Press Freedom Hero by the Vienna-based International Press Institute.[2]