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Why independent journalism matters

While journalism has increasingly pursued clicks and likes, hot takes and shock value, Le Monde diplomatique has stuck to its course.

  • Benoît Bréville & Pierre Rimbert
  • Le Monde diplomatique

Quality journalism that’s fearlessly non-partisan is needed now more than ever.

Protesters holds placards reading (from L) “Inform not deform”, “For a right on approval of management” and “To inform is not left or right wing” during a demonstration of striking journalists of weekly daily Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) against the nomination of Geoffroy Lejeune as the newspaper’s new managing editor, in Paris, on July 19, 2023. The JDD editorial staff voted on July 19 to extend their strike against the appointment of far-right editor Geoffroy Lejeune. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Just over a year ago, on 19 October 2022, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen solemnly told the EU parliament, ‘Targeted attacks on civilian infrastructure with the clear aim to cut off men, women, children [from] water, electricity and heating with the winter coming, these are acts of pure terror and we have to call it as such.’

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