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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