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Mediapart company logo.jpg
PublisherEdwy Plenel
EditorFrançois Bonnet
LanguageFrench, English, Spanish
HeadquartersParis, France

Mediapart is an independent French online investigative and opinion journal created in 2008 by Edwy Plenel[1], former editor-in-chief of Le Monde. Mediapart is published in French, English and Spanish.


Mediapart's income is solely derived from subscription fees; the website does not carry any advertising.[1] In 2011, Mediapart made a profit for the first time, netting €500,000 from around 60,000 subscribers.[3]

Mediapart consists of two main sections: the journal itself, Le Journal, run by professional journalists, and Le Club, a collaborative forum edited by its subscriber community. In 2011, Mediapart launched FrenchLeaks, a whistleblower website inspired by WikiLeaks.[4][5]

In March 2017, Edwy Plenel states that the online journal has hit the number of 130 000 subscribers.[6] In March 2018, the online journal hit the number of 140 000 subscribers.[2]

Political scandals[edit]

Mediapart has played a central role in the revelation and investigation of at least three major French political scandals:


  1. ^ a b c d Kim Willsher, "How pioneering Mediapart has set the French news agenda", The Guardian, 16 March 2008.
  2. ^ a b Plenel, Edwy (2018-03-06). "Mediapart a dix ans. Et dix ans, ça ne suffit pas!" (in French). Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  3. ^ "Breaking down the paywall". Global Journalist. 22 September 2011. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ Smith, Sydney (12 March 2011). "New WikiLeaks Partner Launches FrenchLeaks, Canadian Man Launches QuebecLeaks". iMediaEthics. Art Science Research Laboratory. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ Cherubini, Federica (11 March 2011). "FrenchLeaks launches: a new whistle-blowing site from Mediapart". Editor's Weblog. World Association of Newspapers and New Publishers. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ Plenel, Edwy. "Mediapart a neuf ans : nos comptes, nos résultats". Club de Mediapart (in French). Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  7. ^ Jacinto, Leela (6 July 2010). "How a start-up news site broke and rode the Bettencourt scandal". France 24. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  8. ^ Sayare, Scott (19 March 2013). "French Minister Steps Down in Swiss Bank Investigation". New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  9. ^ de Boni, Marc (May 3, 2017). "Un ex-candidat du FN impliqué dans les relations troubles entre Lafarge et Daech". Le Figaro. Retrieved May 4, 2017.

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