Mediapart's income is solely derived from subscription fees; the website does not carry any advertising. In 2011, Mediapart made a profit for the first time, netting €500,000 from around 60,000 subscribers.
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.
Mediapart has played a central role in the revelation and investigation of two major French political scandals:
- The Bettencourt affair in 2010.
- The Cahuzac case in 2012. Mediapart made public an audio recording from 2000 compromising Jérome Cahuzac, then France's Minister for the Budget, in a fiscal fraud case.
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