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Agence France-Presse independence under threat

17 December 2008

Journalists at the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency are fighting to save the organisation's independence. They are concerned that it is coming under massive pressures to change its founding statutes. 

The statues have underpinned AFP's independence for over half a century. The NUJ is joining with French sister union SNJ-CGT in the battle.

Under a French law passed in 1957, AFP enjoys a unique status, intended to ensure its structural independence both from the state and from any other "ideological, political or economic grouping".

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, said:

"AFP is one of the world's oldest international news agencies, employing some 1,250 journalists and photographers in more than 100 bureaux around the world. We're calling on NUJ members to support the campaign to show solidarity towards journalists who are fearful for their editorial independence."

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