Chronicle Herald management building an empire on the backs of workers

April 13, 2017

For immediate release

HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill is very concerned about the future of local news in Nova Scotia after the announcement that the Chronicle Herald is buying out dozens of newspapers in the region, including the Truro Daily News, the New Glasgow News and the Cape Breton Post.

Journalists, editors and photographers at the Chronicle Herald have been on strike for well over a year, pushing back against the Herald management’s plan to drastically shrink the newsroom and make serious cuts to journalists’ wages.

“This level of media concentration is a very serious problem for our democracy in Nova Scotia and it is both troubling and alarming,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “We need a vibrant local media, telling our stories and holding those in power accountable.”

The NDP has been supporting striking journalists, editors and photographers by boycotting the Chronicle Herald. This boycott has included not sending media releases or opinion pieces to the Chronicle Herald, not doing interviews with the paper, and not allowing scab journalists to attend NDP events.

“The Chronicle Herald’s management seem to be trying to build a media empire on the backs of hard-working journalists,” said Burrill. “Let’s be clear – words matter, journalism matters, people matter.”

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For more information please contact Kaley Kennedy at (902) 229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.