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May 5, 2011

Australia: Fairfax staff up in arms as publisher decides to outsource subbing

Staff at two of Australia's biggest broadsheet newspapers are considering strike action after their management announced another round of cost cuts, ABC has reported. Fairfax Media has announced that in-house sub-editors at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will no longer proof-read, fact-check and rewrite stories before they go to print. The details: [ Link ] The company's chief executive, Greg Hywood, announced the roles of news, business and sport sub-editors would be shifted to an... MORE
April 22, 2011

IFJ marks World Copyright Day by demanding an end to authors' rights grab

To mark International Copyright Day on April 23 the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on media organisations to put an end to rights-grabbing contracts that deprive journalists of a major part of their income and influence over the use of their work. "The increasing abuse of buy-out contracts whereby media employers require the total ownership of journalists' authors' rights is a great threat to our profession," said Beth Costa, IFJ General Secretary. "Journalists are... MORE
April 10, 2011

Greek journalists call four-day strike over austerity measures

Greek journalists called a four day strike on Thursday in protest at the government's austerity measures, leading to a nationwide news blackout, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). Television channels aired pre-recorded material, radio stations played back-to-back music and newspapers will not be published until Tuesday. Even news sites shut down for the walkout. The Athens journalists' union is demanding the rehiring of journalists recently laid off at several newspapers and TV... MORE
April 10, 2011

IFJ backs defence of media qualification requirement in Brazil

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has backed the call by its affiliate in Brazil, the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ) for the restoration of the requirements for professional qualification in order to practice journalism. FENAJ marked the Brazilian Journalists Day Thursday by reiterating its support for proposals for constitutional amendments (PECs) before the National Congress, which restore journalism training and diploma for aspiring journalists. "We support these... MORE
April 6, 2011

Algeria: State radio strips top officials of duties

Algerian state radio has stripped top news officials of their duties after an illegal demonstration by about 30 employees, mainly journalists, its director general Tewfik Khelladi said Tuesday, according to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) announced in a statement that the news director of the news channel Chaîne 2, Mohand Said Bensekhria, “has been sacked” and that the chief editor of Chaîne 1, Hassiba Kecheroud, was “relieved of his duties” on Monday. Both... MORE
March 21, 2011

IFJ backs action by Spanish unions against jobs cuts in PRISA Media Group

The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), meeting in Brussels from March 19 - 20 and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have given their full backing for the workers and employees of the PRISA Group which publishes El País newspaper which has recently announced plans to reduce its staff in Spain and Latin America with the estimated loss of 2.500 jobs. "Plans to reduce jobs in the PRISA Media Group take their roots in a doubtful management more... MORE
March 8, 2011

Men continue to dominate UK journalism, finds study

Three quarters of all news journalists are men while women make up just a third of journalists covering business and politics, according to new research conducted by Echo Research on behalf of Women in Journalism. The report also found that male journalists make up 49 per cent of lifestyle reporters and 70 per cent of arts reporters, while just four per cent of sports journalists are women. Looking at the whole newspaper industry, the study found that 30 per cent of the journalists surveyed... MORE
February 28, 2011

Accord ends Montreal newspaper's lockout

Unionised workers at the Journal de Montreal have voted to accept a contract offer, ending an employer lockout that lasted more than two years, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. Quebecor Media locked out more than 200 employees in January 2009, arguing that journalists refused to adapt to changes in their job duties brought on by technologies including the Internet. To avoid a strike, the company turned to a lockout, which allowed for the suspension of work contracts until an agreement... MORE
January 28, 2011

BBC World Service cuts outlined to staff

The BBC has confirmed plans to close five of its 32 World Service language services. Staff have been informed that up to 650 jobs will be lost from a workforce of 2,400 over the next three years. The Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian services will be axed, as will English for the Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa, in a bid to save £46m a year. The BBC estimates audiences will fall by more than 30 million, from 180 million to 150 million a week. Director general Mark Thompson said it was "a... MORE
January 5, 2011

The Netherlands gets a 'New Years' gift' from journalists

Dutch journalists based around the world, working for many different news organisations, have joined forces to deliver a new sort of news website. ( ) will focus on what individuals are doing to help solve many of the problems that the journalists report on a daily basis, according to Radio Netherlands. The website will carry stories about people who are inspiring others to make a difference. All the participating journalists, including a number who work for Radio... MORE