Journalists at The Independent to strike over redundancies

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As reported on the BNP website

By Giuseppe De Santis

It seems that the situation at The Independent and the Independent on Sunday is getting worse by the day, so bad that the management has not ruled out the possibility of halting the printing of them altogether.

At a meeting held recently to discuss a new wave of redundancies at the Independent titles, Managing Director Andrew Mullins and Content Director Chris Blackhurst hinted for the first time that the survival of the print edition of The Independent could be under threat.

However journalists rejected the idea that cuts must be done to save the two titles and they are now planning to go on strike.
What is making journalists particularly nervous is the perception that Evegeny Lebedev, the Russian oligarch who owns the papers, is not willing to save them.

Mr Blackhurst has previously stated he would be “extremely disappointed” if journalists voted to strike, adding that the proposed cuts were a vital money-saving measure at the loss-making paper.
The editorial redundancies are thought to include several senior figures at the paper.

The foreign desk department is likely to take a huge hit with the cuts, with Africa correspondent Daniel Howden, Paris correspondent John Lichfield and Russian expert Mary Dejevsky all set to leave. Chief sports writer James Lawton and 20-year veteran John Walsh are also amongst those understood to be leaving.

Watch this space, we may get rid of those useless rags sooner than you can ever think

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