Journalists at Chile's state-owned newspaper want it to be autonomous, public

By Ingrid Bachmann

The journalists’ union at La Nación has proposed turning the state-run paper into an autonomous public media outlet with mixed financing, UPI reports.

According to the journalists proposal to President Sebastián Piñera, the initiative would ensure that the newspaper stays open, in response to its potential sale or closure announced by the government two months ago, PRLatam adds.

The plan would create an independent editorial council that includes representatives from civil society who are insulated from political and economic pressure, Terra says. The paper would follow the model of public media in the United States and several other Latin American countries, using mixed financing that includes advertising and a basic government subsidy, UPI’s article explains.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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