Recovering the honour of the press

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The programme of the national council of the French Resistance movement, established in March 1944, demanded not only the guarantee of freedom of the press but also the respect of “its honour”, namely its “independence regarding the State [and] the power of capital”. The challenge for Mediapart when it was created four years ago, on March 16th 2008, was to put into practice those ideals and to prove their continued relevance today, writes Mediapart Editor-in-Chief, Edwy Plenel. That challenge was met, but the task now is to keep them solidly alive over the long term.

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These times of democratic crisis offer a new lease of life to old promises. Notably those contained in the programme of the national council of the French Resistance movement (CNR), established in March 1944. Under a chapter entitled ‘The establishment of the largest democracy’, it demanded not only the guarantee of freedom of the press but also the respect of “its honour”, namely its “independence regarding the State [and] the power of capital”.