France -Newspapers stir as journalists protest and printers strike -July 26, 2012

After newspaper La Tribune, daily France Soir has announced its end of business and several regional titles of the Hersant media group are rumoured to follow suit. Journalists’ unions SNJ and SNJ-CGT have issued statements conveying their concern with the hundreds of media and journalists jobs on the line as well as the reduced pluralism in French media. The actions by SNJ and SNJ-CGT come after a nationwide strike of printers on 5 July forced many newspapers to publish their daily editions on-line. The printers are protesting against accumulating lay-offs as printed media increasingly go digital. According to a report on the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers website, Hersant publishing house has fired 670 people, while Presstails press distribution company dismissed around 1000 employees.

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