Edwy Plenel (Nantes, 1952) has been a journalist since 1976.
After starting out his career in the far-left press, with the newspaper Rouge, and then a brief period with Le Matin de Paris, he joined Le Monde in 1980 and stayed there until 2005. First specializing in news stories on education, and later policing and security, he made a name for himself as an investigative journalist, exposing most of the scandals that marked François Mitterrand’s presidency (1981-1995). He joined Le Monde’s new editorial team in 1994, and was the paper’s editor for eight years (1996-2004). At odds with decisions that would signal the end of the French daily’s financial independence, he left in 2005 after more than 25 years’ service. In 2007 he announced a plan for Mediapart: a participatory and independent digital-only newspaper, based on an economic model funded wholly by reader subscription. Since it was launched in 2008, Mediapart has become one of France’s leading press titles; it is renowned for its original investigations, its editorial independence and its profitability.
Plenel has authored around 30 books, including Combat pour une presse libre, which was published in Spanish by Edhasa.