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Official electoral leaflets for the legislative elections which will take place on June 30 and July 7, 2024.

Five journalists from the France Télévisions editorial crew had been “indented” till July 8 (the day after the second spherical of the legislative elections) by their management for having signed a discussion board calling for “common front against the extreme right”Agence France-Presse (AFP) realized from administration on Friday June 21.

These 5 journalists “no longer deal with topics that cover the campaign” electoral however they “are on schedule”specified France Télévisions, which criticizes them for not having complied with the information to skilled practices advocating political neutrality.

On Wednesday, these 5 members, who declare to be from the Society of Journalists (SDJ) of France 3 nationwide editorial crew, had signed an article from 90 media, together with Mediapart Or Humanitycalling to do “common front” in opposition to the acute proper which threatens, in response to them, ” freedom of press “. ” Everywhere (…) where the extreme right governs, it is violently attacked: publication bans, destruction of the secrecy of sources, multiplication of gag procedures, censorship, pressure and intimidation, drying up of public aid to the press.we can read in this column.

“This call to vote proves incompatible with the treatment of the electoral campaign on all France Télévisions media”interested parties are notified, according to the letter from management of which AFP had a copy. “The image of impartiality of the France Télévisions editorial staff is at stake”it is specified in the letter.

According to management, this SDJ is no longer representative since the merger of the editorial staff. The SDJ of the national editorial staff of France Télévisions, which brings together journalists from France 2 and France 3, had also reported, on the social network “requested” and then not have “not signed this forum”.

“We contest the management’s interpretation, this sanction is strictly a deviation, neutrality is not in our internal regulations”reacted Serge Cimino, one of the members of the SDJ sanctioned, to the World. “Using conflicts of interest as a pretext for supporting candidates is a pathetic maneuver”he gets annoyed.

One of the five journalists told AFP “condemn management’s fallacious interpretation”. “We do not support any political party in this forum but we warn of the dangers that freedom of information may run in the event of a victory for the extreme right. (…) This reservation is questionable in substance and form. »

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