“Fairer and Better Way” in Irish Crisis Also for Journalists

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the

European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), renewed

its support for Irish journalists in their fight against the austerity measures

imposed by the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the

country.

"We have closely followed this long

struggle by our Irish colleagues who joined the demonstrations in the recent

days" said EFJ President  Arne König. "There is grave

concern at the government's austerity measures and especially by the political

consensus which is being challenged by the trade union movement. We are

convinced that there is a fairer, better way to handle the crisis than

penalising the workforce. Journalists and media workers are massively affected

by the economic downturn through cuts in salaries, devaluation of pensions, editorial

budgets and redundancies. The Irish society in these times of financial crisis

needs good and fair working conditions for journalists more than ever, if they

are to provide quality reporting for a society in deep turmoil."

Support to the National Union of Journalists in

Ireland can be sent to seamusd@nuj.org.uk
More information: http://www.ictu.ie/ and www.nuj.org.uk