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Dutch government to pay wages of 60 newspaper journalists
The Dutch government is to spend over €4m on paying the wages of 60 young journalists to work on otherwise commercially funded regional and national newspapers. Two “government journalists” will work on each of the Netherlands’ 30 or so daily newspapers.
It seems the Dutch government has stolen a march on its British counterpart. Increasing numbers of journalists across Britain are being laid off as local newspapers struggle to cope with declining circulations. Andy Burnham, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport has ruled out the subsidisation of British media despite calls from within the industry for government support.
Print media in Britian needs all the financial support it can get. At present we risk losing hundreds of skilled writers to the unemployment scrapheap at the hands of the recession. We must find ways of either keeping them in their jobs, or employing them meaningfully in ways that utilise their experience and skills.
That said, a policy of subsidising ‘government journalists’ must surely be approached with trepidation. €4m may prove to be money well spent by the Dutch government, but questions will surely be raised over the issue of journalistic independence.