Yesterday — ironically World Press Freedom Day — Fairfax Media management confirmed the worst by announcing it will cut 125 staff, or 25%, of its journalists at its Sydney and Melbourne newsrooms.
Members responded by voting to take industrial action for seven days.
These cuts are bad for journalism, bad for democracy and press freedom, and bad for the future of not only the Fairfax business, but for the entire industry in Australia.
Whether you are employed at Fairfax or just want to show solidarity for your journalist colleagues, here’s four things you can do:
- Watch the video above.
- Share the video and a message of support for MEAA members on social media using the hashtag #fairgofairfax.
- Send an email opposing the cuts to Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood using this tool.
- Follow @fairgofairfax on Twitter and like the Facebook pages Save The SMH and Save The Age.
- Most importantly, support our members by refusing to buy a Fairfax newspaper or view a Fairfax website over the next few days. And tell your friends and family to do the same.
Fewer journalists means fewer stories that matter. Take a stand for journalism.
Chief executive officer
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance