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European Journalists pledge support for BBC staff (13 May 2005)
The International Federation of Journalists and its regional organisation the European Federation of Journalists today gave its full backing to the workforce at the BBC, which has voted by a heavy majority to confront management over plans to slash 4,000 jobs.

The EFJ, which represents close to 250,000 journalists across Europe, says the ballot represents a "massive vote in defence of public service values and quality media."

"The BBC’s future is at stake as well as its reputation as the world’s leading broadcaster," said Arne König, the EFJ Chair. "The journalists of Europe will stand shoulder to shoulder with their BBC colleagues if they are forced to go on strike. Now is the time for the BBC to get the message to negotiate in a meaningful way with its staff."

Next month, the IFJ is organising a special event to discuss the BBC dispute and the crisis for broadcasting in Italy in Rome at the time of the international meeting of the IFJ Executive Committee.

"The fight for quality broadcasting in both private and public media is one of the greatest challenges facing journalism today," said König. "Our colleagues at the BBC have declared their intention to stand and fight and we will do everything we can to make sure they win."
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