Two figures underline both the injustice and the incoherence of the French government's policy when it comes to helping the press. The circulation of print newspapers continues to collapse as digital platforms grow in popularity, to the point where retail sales of national dailies are barely more than 150,000 a day. Yet the government has just decided to release 30 million euros in a one-off grant to help newspapers facing a steep rise in production costs – in particular print editions. This aid is on top of the ongoing annual payments given by the state to newspaper publishers.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.