Brussels, Belgium • Founded in 1915 • Trust Project news partner since
La Libre Belgique is a daily print and online publication covering local, international, political and economic news in Belgium.
La Libre's mission through its daily reporting is to attract readers interested in major national, European and international news as well as economic, cultural, religious, philosophical, scientific and entertainment news. Its objective is to offer original content with a fair representation of reality, consistency and in-depth analyses and comments. The publication also encourages reporting that can foster debate.
La Libre aims to offer original and intellectual information, services and entertainment to its readers. Its stories are aimed at a cultured audience who is looking for quality information and is interested in national, European and international issues of society, the economy, religion, philosophy, and science. The publication strives to represent news in a fair and realistic manner while ignoring personal opinions.
La Libre's code of ethics requires its journalists to remain independent from pressure of outside groups in its reporting, to only use legal means to obtain information, to avoid conflicts of interest to remain unbiased and to avoid the use of obscenity or profanity unless it has legitimate topical value.
La Libre Belgique is owned by Groupe IPM, a privately funded Belgian media organization. The publication is funded through its readership in the form of subscription and newsstands sales, and through advertising.
La Libre commits itself to using voices from different ethnic, civic, social and political groups and backgrounds to create more nuanced articles.
When an error has been identified, the publication is required to inform readers of the error, its extent and to publish the correct information as quickly as possible.
The policy requires any information that comes from an anonymous source to be verified with additional on-the-record sources. If the name of a source has been withheld, the publication's editorial staff are required to know the identity and to ensure the source's reliability. Anonymity is only granted to protect the privacy or integrity of the source when the information concerns the public.
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