French journalist. Born 1749, died 1800.
Considered a pioneer of political journalism, Mallet du Pan was coeditor, from 1778 to 1780 (with Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet) of the newspaper Les annales politiques, civiles et littéraires du dix-huitième siécle - Annales politiques, for short. When Linguet was thrown in the Bastille (1780-1782), Mallet du Pan kept the paper running by himself.
In 1783, he changed the paper's name to Mémoires Historiques, and coordinated his work on it with his work at the Mercure de France, where he was in charge of the editorial line in matters of politics.
When the French Revolution broke out, Mallet du Pan chose the Royalist side. From 1791 to 1792, he stayed in Frankfurt, where he had been sent by Louis XVI to canvass the support of the German principalities.
Mallet du Pan published a number of outspokenly anti-Revolutionary pamphlets, attacking Napoleon Bonaparte and the Directory. In 1797, this earned him exile at Bern, in Switzerland. Later, he moved to England, where he published the Mercure Brittanique.