Concerns about ownership

Overall, the French media are free and are fairly well-protected by the law. However the media landscape is comprised mainly of business groups with owners who have other interests than a commitment to journalism. This leads to conflicts that threaten editorial independence and even the economic survival of the media outlets concerned. Journalists at iTélé, a TV news channel owned by the Canal Plus group, staged an unprecedented strike in November 2016 in protest against the management’s editorial decisions. It resulted in the departure of around 100 of its journalists in the space of a few weeks. Other news organizations – including L’Obs, Le Parisien, the Lagardère group and Mondadori France – underwent restructuring in 2016, while new news outlets emerged, such as the online Explicite and France Info, an over-the-air TV news channel. At the same time, there has been an increase in police violence against reporters covering demonstrations against the labor law and the dismantling of the “jungle” at Calais. The run-up to the 2017 presidential election has seen growing hostility towards journalists from political parties and the public.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



45 in 2016

Global score


23.83 in 2016


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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