Aid to the press
The written press makes an essential contribution to informing citizens and disseminating currents of thought and opinion.
The general system of public aid to the press is very old. In principle, postal aid goes back to the revolutionary period. Other measures have gradually been added. Aid to the press today meets one or the other of the three major objectives which have emerged from legislative or regulatory developments to constitute the economic regime of the press: the development of broadcasting, the defence of pluralism, the modernisation and diversification of media companies.
The benefit of this economic scheme, and of the specific aids which supplement it, is reserved for publications which are entered in the registers of the Joint Committee on Publications and Press Agencies (CPPAP). This body, which brings together representatives of the State and publishers, is in fact responsible for issuing an opinion on the basis of various criteria, the favourable nature of which makes it possible to benefit from the system of public aid to the press.
The State has long sought to guarantee freedom of the press and to consolidate the conditions of its pluralism. The changes imposed by the profound change in the communications sector have led it to adapt the modalities of the support it provides to the press, without calling into question a set of general measures in favour of the sector, whether tax or transport. The State’s action thus aims to provide more incentive to press enterprises in their development and modernisation actions, either by supporting the adaptation of their workforce and skills, or by assisting investment projects or diversification towards multimedia. In addition, the action taken in recent years has led to a better consideration of the specific economic constraints on certain forms of press, as well as the particular contribution they make to the pluralism of information. The creation of a fund for the modernization of the daily and assimilated press of political and general information is significant in this regard.
- Aid for modernization of broadcasters
- Support for the carrying of the press
- Presentation of press distribution aid
- Aid for the distribution of the press - Section 1: daily press of political and general information
- Aid for press distribution - Section 2: French press abroad
- Exceptional aid for certain press publishers
- Support fund for national daily political and general news with low advertising resources
- Support fund for national political and general information publications with low advertising resources
- The aid fund for regional, departmental and local daily political and general information with low resources of classifieds
- Support for the pluralism of regional and local periodicals
- Aid for the pluralism of overseas titles
- Support for pluralism in all-online news services