A few months ago, Anais Lecoq, a French print journalist, launched a new Facebook page “Paye ton journal” to denounce sexism in the French media. It compiles anonymous testimonies of different female journalists who faced sexism at work due to their colleagues and their interviewees. The rules are simple: there is no name, no recognizable media, just the story of those women.
The suspense of the French presidential elections is coming to an end and the voters are still hesitating in this final round.
A recent report from the French Think Tank Fondapol revealed that 55 % of French people believed that the media had influenced negatively Marine Le Pen’s campaign whilst 46% believed that it had a positive impact on Emmanuel Macron’s campaign.
It is not a real surprise if “fake news” has been voted “word of the year” by Macquarie’s dictionary. Yet, its main user is no more than the 45th US President Donald Trump. Fake news are everywhere and have been under the spotlight for a long time now. Nonetheless, Trump is the one who made the term popular using it against the press. Us, who are telling (very) fake news and no fact.