The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, welcomes the publication on December 15, 2021 of the decree instituting an aid to the pluralism of online press services (SPEL) of political and general information.

This new facility, with a budget of €4 million per year, is part of the “press” business plan.

Until now, aid for the pluralism of the press has been reserved for paper titles. The decree therefore introduces for the first time aid specifically for recognised political and general information (IPG) titles published exclusively online and which can present three types of offers: paid, free and mixed. 

Another major innovation, this aid is mainly based on editorial expenses, that is to say the payroll (journalists on fixed-term contracts or freelance permanent contracts), the subscription fees of news agencies and the costs of editorial missions. In order to encourage titles that attract a financial commitment from their readers, an enhancement will be granted according to the number of paying subscribers. On the other hand, online press companies established less than three years ago will benefit from a financial supplement.

The aim is to provide as many people as possible with access to a quality press and to the pluralism of ideas, thus contributing to democratic vitality.

This new assistance will be implemented in 2022.