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Public audiovisual strike: “The obvious fear is to disappear”

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The employees of the radio antennas and television channels of the French public service demonstrated on Tuesday against the abolition of the audiovisual license fee. Wanted by the government, it is perceived by the strikers as a “threat” to their independence. Reportage. “There is an obvious fear that in the long term, we will disappear,” said a protester. The employees of the public audiovisual sector were on strike, Tuesday, June 28, to protest against the plan to abolish the audiovisual license fee wanted by Emmanuel Macron. Around 1,000 demonstrators, according to organizers, marched in Paris in the early afternoon from Montparnasse station to the area around the National Assembly, where the newly elected deputies were returning to school. proposed by Emmanuel Macron during the presidential campaign, in response to the issue of French purchasing power. But for the unions and the strikers, it threatens the financing and independence of public broadcasting.” Under the pretext of restoring purchasing power to the French, the existence of public broadcasting is being undermined while the fee represents only 38 cents per day for those who pay it”, underlines Serge Cimino, journalist at France 3 and union representative of SNJ France Télévisions. “We are fully aware of the difficulties encountered by the French, but it must be understood that the royalty is not a tax, it is a contribution which makes it possible to finance live shows, cinematographic creation and programs of quality on television or radio,” he continues. Leaving from Montparnasse, the demonstration is heading in a good-natured atmosphere towards the National Assembly, where the deputies are back in service today pic.twitter.com/tZE7cZOTcw— Romain Brunet (@romain2dc) June 28, 2022 of 138 euros in mainland France and 88 euros overseas, the fee only concerns households that have a television: the others do not pay it, even if they watch programs on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Its abolition will lead to a shortfall of more than 3 billion euros, which the State promises to compensate with public broadcasters. , which increased the number of people who had to pay the fee. “Making all taxpayers pay, whether they have a television or not, since everyone watches or listens to our programs in one way or another, would even make it possible to lower the amount of the contribution” , specifies Serge Cimino. , to set up the government.” Ultimately, we know very well how it will end if we break this dam of the royalty: from the moment when there is no more dedicated funding for public broadcasting and that ‘we have to dip into the general budget of the State, we will end up being told that all this is too expensive and that we have to cut spending or close a channel, or even, as we already hear sometimes, privatize” , he explains after defending the m icro the public service.>> To read: How is public broadcasting financed in other European countries? Along the way, passers-by look at the demonstrators with a curious air, trying to understand their motivations by reading the signs, on which one could read: “Save the public audiovisual!”, “Macron return the fee”, “No to the breakage of the public audiovisual”. Demonstration against the abolition of the audiovisual license fee, June 28, 2022, in Paris. © Romain Brunet, France 24 Rue de Rennes, Yasmine and Mehdi, sellers of a telephone shop, watch the scene and support the demonstrators. “It is good to want to restore purchasing power to the French, but frankly, there is more urgent than the royalty, judges Yasmine. Have you seen the price of gasoline and food? above that we have to lower the prices to really help us.” A little further on, in the very chic 7th arrondissement, it is with a look that mixes amusement and astonishment that onlookers on the terrace or in the middle of shopping discover that a social struggle has chosen to cross their district. The specificity of France Médias Monde Beyond the sole question of license fees, the strikers have been worried about the future of public broadcasting since a senatorial report by the Republicans, published on 8 June, relaunched the idea of ​​a major merger between France Télévisions, Radio France, France Médias Monde (France 24, RFI, MCD) and INA.”This has been a subject in the air for several years. debate will take place,” said the new Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, in an interview with Le Parisien. Once fixed “the basic priorities (…), we will discuss the organization. And see if this should be done by a merger or by more flexible methods allowing synergies to be developed”, she added. “This speech does not take into account our specificities. At RFI, we broadcast in 13 languages, and France 24, in 4 languages. France Médias Monde speaks to the whole world and we must be able to exist independently of France Télévisions, whose leaders do not know who we are and how we work,” said Sabine Mellet, journalist at RFI and SNJ-CGT delegate. Arrival in front of the National Assembly where deputies of Nupes mainly are to support the demonstrators. pic.twitter.com/frfRkltvc4— Romain Brunet (@romain2dc) June 28, 2022 At 2 p.m., the procession was welcomed under the sun, behind the Palais Bourbon, by deputies from the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) who had come support the strikers. Danielle Simonnet, Olivier Faure, Julien Bayou, Sandrine Rousseau, Mathilde Panot, François Ruffin, Adrien Quatennens and even Clémentine Autain are present. of the day. The music was running full blast on France Info, France Inter and France Culture, with three-quarters of Radio France journalists scheduled to work on Tuesday being on strike, according to the SNJ union. within the France 3 network, “never seen”, and 25% at the Paris headquarters. As a result, on France 2, the 1 p.m. news, “solidarity” with the movement, was shortened and extracts from Télématin were rebroadcast instead of the morning show, a first in 30 years. Banners also announced the disruption of the Franceinfo and France 24 channels.

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