Mediapart celebrates five years online

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This month, Mediapart celebrates its fifth anniversary, with thanks to its readership of 60,000 subscribers. Here, its editor, François Bonnet, sets out the importance of developing the support for an independent press, as represented by Mediapart, at a time of historic crises in the media and society as a whole. By breaking loose from the reigning conformity and timidity demonstrated by most of the media, Mediapart, with its priority on investigative journalism and insightful feature articles, vows to continue its mission of exposing injustice, corruption and the constant threats to democratic values, and to reinvigorate public debate of the key issues shaping our world.   

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On December 2nd 2007, a new website appeared under the improbable name of Mediapart. It was, to be more precise, a pre-site, where we presented our editorial project, the journalists who were behind it and where we began a dialogue with our very first readers.