Call for fair deal for journalists as German publishers cut jobs


European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today expressed its support to its

German affiliates, the Deutsche Journalisten-Verband (DJV) and Deutsche

Journalistinnen- und Journalisten-Union in ver.di in their demand for a

socially responsible behaviour from the publishers in dealing with the

insolvency of the Frankfurter Rundschau and the closure of the Financial Times




in all over 800 journalists and media employees have lost their jobs and

freelances lost important clients in Germany. Together with our German

colleagues we ask the concerned media groups to offer adequate jobs to the

journalists affected, including freelances, at the groups’ other titles,” said

EFJ President Arne König. “Fortunately, Germany has still a very healthy plural

market, but it is paramount that throughout Europe all stakeholders in

journalism get together to discuss sustainable models, be it for staff

journalist or freelances, to be able to keep quality journalism in all media.”



Konken,  DJV President,  asked the publishers to discuss their future

strategies  with the journalists’ unions

in Germany. “When it comes to questions related to the future, we are sitting

in one boat. Solutions can only be found in consensus between publishers and

journalists,” he said in a press release today.



Frankfurter Rundschau, one of Germany's most venerable dailies, filed for

bankruptcy on 14 November, resulting in about 500 job losses.


DJV and ver.di have asked the management of the media group M. DuMont

Schauberg, to prevent dismissals of journalists where possible, and to offer

journalists adequate work in other media of M. DuMont Schauberg. This includes

the freelances and photojournalists who should be able to work for the other

titles of DuMont.



Financial Times Deutschland, which was launched at the height of the Internet

boom in 2000 and has a circulation of about 100,000 copies, will stop

publication on 7 December. Over 300 employees will lose their jobs and

freelances will lose work. The publisher of the English-language Financial

Times, Pearson PLC, sold its stake in the German paper to Gruner+Jahr in 2008,

but it continued to appear on the same distinctive salmon-coloured paper.



unions criticised the management, which has been asked to react now at least in

a socially responsible manner and move employees to other Gruner+Jahr titles.



Insolvency of Frankfurter Rundschau:


On Financial Times Deutschland


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