Dear Neighbours, remember that clouds have no border...
Mediapart’s resident singer and songwriter La Parisienne Libérée, who regularly commentates current affairs in music and images, says France’s European neighbours should be concerned about the potential dangers of the country’s 58 nuclear reactors. Earlier this week, the oldest French nuclear plant, at Fessenheim close to the border with Germany, was shut down after a pipe from an engine room condenser was discovered to be leaking. It was the latest in a series of recurrent incidents and safety alerts over recent years at Fessenheim and several other plants across the country, including two on the Channel coast. La Parisienne Libérée composed a ‘Nuclear SOS’, written and sung in English, to remind countries surrounding France that nuclear clouds “have no borders”, made all the more pertinent by the events at Fessenheim this week.
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.