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Press Freedom Day: Fairfax cuts 25% of its journalists

Fairfax marks World Press Freedom Day by cutting 25 per cent of its journalists

MEAA is appalled at the decision of Fairfax Media management to cut 125 full-time equivalent positions, or 25 per cent of its journalists, from its metropolitan newspapers.

The decision indicates that, yet again, Fairfax is opting for savage cuts that will only weaken its business further rather than investing in its products and working to achieve smarter outcomes.

MEAA CEO Paul Murphy says: “None of the other parts of the Fairfax business are worth anything without the journalism and yet it is the journalism that Fairfax always cuts.

"This will only undermine and damage its mastheads further, alienating its audience and leaving the editorial staff that remain having to work harder and harder to fill the gaps. This is a dumb decision,” Murphy said.


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