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#SomosTélam: support the Argentinian news agency workers’ fight for jobs

18 July 2018

More than 350 journalists and media workers – 40 per cent of the workforce - have been sacked by the Argentine news agency Télam.

The dismissals are an attack on union organisation and media diversity and put at risk the future of the whole agency. They represent a brutal attempt by the government to control the editorial content of the agency. The sackings have been ruled unlawful by the courts, but the government refuses to reinstate the journalists.

The workers were selected for redundancy based on their alleged political views and union activities by a new government-appointed management.

Members of the Union of Press Workers of Buenos Aires are seeking redress. They have staged demonstrations, are filing a court action and are considering a complaint to the International Labour Organisation.

They need your support. Here’s how you can help:

 You can download:

Model letter to ambassador in English

Model letter to President Macri (English)

Model letter to ambassador (Spanish)

Model letter to President Macri (Spanish)

For more background information on the dispute:
Journalism Has Lost': Argentina's Telam News Agency Axes Staff
Argentine Court Demands Telam Reinstate Axed Journalists
Argentina: nueva oleada de despidos en la Agencia Estatal de Noticias Télam