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Swedish Radio budget cuts lead to the sacking of the climate correspondent

The climate crisis is over! 🥳 It has to be if the national radio in Sweden decides to get rid of its climate correspondent, right?
Sveriges Radio, the publicly funded radio in Sweden, needs to save 250 million kronor, of which 150 million on personnel costs with 100+ people being let go. Yesterday, they announced that one of the cost-saving measures will be to remove the position of climate correspondent that Marie-Louise Kristola has held since it was created in 2020.
In the times we are living in, you know, in the middle of the climate crisis, are we sure this is the right move? More than ever we need quality climate reporting, and we need to hold leaders accountable for their inaction. The media is essential for a democratic society.

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  • George Kariuki

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    This is indeed disheartening, especially in the midst of the ongoing climate crisis.

    • Ingmar Rentzhog

      9 w

      Sign this appeal that demands that SR keep the climate reporter https://www.mittskifte.org/petitions/radda-klimatkorren?source=whatsapp-share-button&utm_source=whatsapp&share=d884c05f-e778-487b-8ddd-df37a90ccb1e

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      • johnte ndeto

        10 w

        This is quite unthoughtful of the Swedish government cutting budgets and reducing positions that covered climate matters

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        • walter lungayi

          10 w

          This decision is disappointing and sends the wrong message about the importance of climate reporting.

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          • Joseph Githinji

            10 w

            This is absurd Svergies Radio must take climate/environmental journalism as a priority and protect this docket by all means.

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            • Princess

              10 w

              Losing a specialized position like this diminishes the focus on crucial environmental issues.

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              • Markus Lutteman

                10 w

                This is totally absurd. The CEO should cut her salary instead, and keep the most important correspondent SR has.

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                • Simon Bergbom

                  10 w

                  Unbelievable! ⚠️⚠️⚠️

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                  • Ingmar Rentzhog

                    10 w

                    This is outrageously upsetting. I understand that it's difficult for Swedish public service to deal with a smaller budget, but after all, Sveriges Radio has 2,300 (!) employees. To then cut down on the only global climate correspondent is so wrong. As if the climate were an unimportant issue. What are you thinking, Sveriges Radio?

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                    • Petter Körnemark

                      10 w

                      Hey it’s my tax money and I want to keep her!

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                      • Adam Wallin

                        10 w

                        Absolutely mind boggling, both the budget cuts from the government and the decision to cut the position that is covering what is certainly at least a top 3 news topic and will continue to be so for the coming decades. How could a decision like this be ethical from a journalist standpoint?

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