The International Federation of Journalist and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), today expressed their support for French journalists at Le Monde, France’s national daily newspaper, in their fight against recently announced job cuts that would decimate its newsroom.
“Le Monde’s announcement that it will cut 130 jobs, including two-thirds of its newsroom positions, is yet another sign of management putting quality journalism at risk in the quest for lower costs. We do not believe that such severe job cuts will help turn around the loss-making paper,” said Arne König, EFJ Chair. “We stand in solidarity with our colleagues in their fight against the drastic job-cutting measures imposed on staff and freelances in many media outlets in France. “
Staff at Le Monde, supported by French media unions snj-CGT, SNJ and CFDT, will go on strike on Monday at 11.00 to protest the drastic job-cutting plans.
Le Monde has been in crisis for several years. Like other French media, Le Monde has seen its overall circulation and profits in decline in recent years.
The EFJ is supporting the French unions’ demand to meet with public authorities and open an in-depth discussion about the future of quality journalism.
For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235 2200
The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists in over 30 countries