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Le Télégramme - France | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Newspapers remain important for democracy

Quality newspapers remain indispensable for democracy even in the era of the Internet and online media, the regional paper Le Télégramme argues: "The sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos is symbolic. The crisis has destroyed the business model of the US press, which was largely dependent on advertisement (unlike that in France). And now the giants of the digital world are taking control. Whether it be on paper, on the Internet, on tablets or on TV, the news - of course with different formats in different media - must remain sufficiently gripping to prompt people to spend money for it. Since the illusion of a free culture has survived, only a persistent bond of trust between the brand and its audience can ensure the survival of newspapers. They remain essential for democracy, and all the more so in the multimedia age when everyone writes anything and everything they want."

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