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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]

Landmark investigations[edit]

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

  • The Bettencourt affair in 2010.[7]
  • The Sarkozy-Gaddafi case [fr] case in 2012. Mediapart made public two official Libyan documents suggesting the existence of a 50 millions € transfer from the Libyan regime to Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign
  • 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.[8]
  • Former National Front candidate Jean-Claude Veillard's role in the payment of taxes to ISIS middlemen by Lafarge in 2013-2014.[9]
  • the Benalla Affair. Mediapart brings a significant contribution to the investigation of this case by releasing on January 31, 2019 the voice recordings of a conversation attributed to Alexandre Benalla and Vincent Crase [10]. These recordings, whose date and place are unknown, point to the possibility of several offenses committed during 2018 out by the two protagonists, including: violation of restraining order, perjury when testifying before a National Assembly investigative panel, and destruction or concealment of evidences. Few days after the voice recordings reporting, on February 4, 2019 the office of Mediapart is subjected to a raid ordered by Paris Procureur de la République Rémy Heitz. The raid fails as Mediapart refuses it under the law, on the ground that the warrant has not be authorized by a judge. The raid was ordered in connection with a new investigation opened a few days earlier and unrelated to the investigation started earlier against Alexandre Benalla. This new investigation is concerns a breach of Alexandre Benalla and Vincent Crase privacy and is prompted by information the Procureur de la République received from Matignon, the office of the Prime Minister on or about February 2, 2019[11]. Neither Alexandre Benalla nor Vincent Crase have launched a legal action against Mediapart for breach of privacy. Mediapart sees in the raid an attempt by the French Government to unmask and intimidate the source of the voice recordings and in general to stifle journalistic rights to inform the public [12]. Mediapart notes that it has never been subject to a raid before. Mediapart receives support from several other French press organizations and the European Federation of Journalists[13]. The incident is reported by the New York Times[14] and the Washington Post[15].


  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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  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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  11. ^ "Benalla: Matignon a transmis des éléments au parquet, dit Griveaux". Reuters via Mediapart. February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
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  13. ^ "France: Mediapart secret sources threatened by police search attempt". European Federation of Journalists. February 8, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  14. ^ Breeden, Aurelien (February 8, 2019). "Attempted Raid on News Site's Offices Prompts Outcry in France". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  15. ^ McAuley, James (February 6, 2019). "Macron under fire after attempted search of French news outlet Mediapart". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 10, 2019.

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