The editorial director of “La Provence” is reinstated, the strike continues

Two days after his dismissal by decision of the directors of Whynotmedias, the media sector of CMA CGM, the editorial director of Provence, Aurélien Viers will return to his duties on Monday morning, March 25. He was the address of the Marseille newspaper, owned by billionaire Rodolphe Saadé, who announced it in a press release on Sunday afternoon, claiming to have found ” an agreement “ with his employee, whom he had decided to unilaterally sanction. A reintegration that does not put an end to the crisis that the newspaper is going through. The unions, which were not informed of the meetings between Mr. Viers and the director of the publication, Gabriel d’Harcourt, during the weekend, maintain their indefinite strike movement and the mobilization planned for Monday in front of the headquarters of the newspaper in Marseille.

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“The withdrawal of the dismissal of Aurélien Viers was decided after a working meeting with Gabriel d’Harcourt, general director », specifies the press release distributed by Provence Sunday, March 24, without however detailing the terms of the agreement. “The parties agree on the importance of the principle of independence of the newspaper from any power, whether political or economic, but also on the demand for a non-partisan editorial line,” The text continues.

“The letter is not signed.”

Mr. Viers had been removed and summoned for a pre-dismissal interview following the publication, on Thursday, March 21, of a ” to “ taking up a quote from a resident of the city of Castellane – “He’s gone and we’re still here” – two days after President Macron’s visit. A deal denounced as “shocking” by local Macronist elected officials. The sanction, seen by the editorial staff as an interference by the owner Rodolphe Saadé in the editorial line of the newspaper, provoked a strike movement within the company and numerous reactions of political and media support.

In its press release, the management of Provence It also indicates that the charter of editorial independence and ethics negotiated several months ago with the unions will be promulgated. “before April 15”. An announcement that surprised the unions. “The Charter is not signed and, with what has just happened, we still intend to modify it extensively.” specifies a representative of the SNJ.

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