The Minister of Culture expressed, on Sunday June 25, her deep concern for the “republican values” due to the situation at Sunday newspaperon strike to prevent the planned arrival of a new director marked on the far right.
“My Sunday ritual was to wake up with the JDD. Today it does not appear”wrote Rima Abdul Malak on Twitter. “I understand the concerns of its editorial staff. In law, the JDD can become whatever he wants, as long as he respects the law. But for our republican values how not to be alarmed? »she continued.
The newspaper, controlled by Vincent Bolloré, has been shut down since Thursday and the vote for a strike which prevented its publication on Sunday. It was renewed Saturday evening until Wednesday almost unanimously.
In question, the arrival of Geoffroy Lejeune, dismissed from the far-right weekly Current valuesas managing editor. Official since Friday eveningthis arrival is a ” Red line “ for the drafting, estimates the society of journalists (SDJ) of JDDwho asks management to renounce this appointment. “The drafting of JDD refuses to be led by a man whose ideas are in total contradiction with the values of the newspaper”she added.
The drafting of JDD fears to see repeating a method already denounced elsewhere in the media controlled by Vincent Bolloré: waltz of the leaders and interventions on the editorial line, fear that it will switch to the far right, at the cost of a possible haemorrhage of journalists.
Journalists lend their support to the strikers of the “JDD”
On Sunday, about thirty companies of journalists from major media, including The world, France Televisions, Le Figaro, The Parisian, Release, French Radio or Paris Matchgave their support to the striking journalists of the JDD, in a column published on Mediapart.
“The appointment of Geoffroy Lejeune, former managing editor of the far-right weekly Current valueswhose hateful content has been condemned by the courts, is incompatible with the values that the newspaper has carried for seventy-five years.they point out.
Under the direction of Mr. Lejeune, Current values has indeed been sentenced on appeal to a suspended fine of 1,000 euros for public insult of a racist nature towards the insubordinate deputy of La France Danièle Obono. In question, an article and a drawing published in August 2020 under the title “Obono the African”, where the elected official of Gabonese origin was represented as a slave.
The World with AFP