after the summons of Guillaume Meurice, the editorial staff denounces “an editorial shift”

after the summons of Guillaume Meurice, the editorial staff denounces “an editorial shift”
after the summons of Guillaume Meurice, the editorial staff denounces “an editorial shift”
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JOEL SAGET / AFP The France Inter editorial team denounces “an editorial shift” after the summons of Guillaume Meurice. (illustrative photo)

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The France Inter editorial team denounces “an editorial shift” after the summons of Guillaume Meurice. (illustrative photo)

MEDIA – France Inter journalists are stepping up to defend Guillaume Meurice. The radio editorial team denounced on Friday May 3 the “unacceptable summons” of the comedian with a view to possible dismissal, seeing it as a “very worrying sign for freedom of expression”the day after his suspension by Radio France.

“We demand that Guillaume Meurice remain on the air, without delay”declared in a press release the societies of journalists (SDJ) and producers (SDPI) of France Inter.

Thursday, the show’s columnist The great Sunday eveningpresented by Charline Vanhoenacker, was suspended, four days after having reiterated on the air his controversial remarks made at the end of October about the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

“There are things we can say. For example, if I say: “Netanyahu is a kind of Nazi but without a foreskin,” that’s fine. The prosecutor said: “It’s okay”launched the comedian on Sunday, in reference to the recent dismissal of a complaint against him accusing him of anti-Semitism for similar comments.

Summoned to an interview, the date of which remains unknown, he risks “possible disciplinary sanction which may go as far as early termination of (one’s) fixed-term contract for serious misconduct”recall the SDJ and SDPI of France Inter, who “see in this decision a very worrying sign for freedom of expression, a value that Radio France defends”. “This unacceptable summons seems to be the symptom of a broader editorial shift”they lament.

Developments for several shows

They thus claim to have learned that the program Earth squared was going to stop “to make way for a “more narrative” science and ecology program still presented by Mathieu Vidard but without Camille Crosnier” and evoke a “drastic cut” of the budget of Great Sunday evening.

Questioned by AFP on these elements, France Inter explained that“in agreement with Mathieu Vidard, there will be an editorial evolution of his show at the start of the school year but it will keep its fundamentals, the environment and science”.

Camille Crosnier will remain at the helm of Little boatsnow broadcast seven days a week, and it is “in discussion on other projects” within the grid.

As to Great Sunday eveningFrance Inter “ would like the show to continue next year but we must develop it from an editorial point of view so that it covers our costs, while keeping the whole team and remaining in public”explained the radio.

“Today, sequences are extremely expensive to produce. Work is underway with the producer, Charline Vanhoenacker, to find the best formula”we learned from the same Source.

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