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New York NewsGuild statement on El Diario layoffs

01/15/2016

The front page of El Diario proudly proclaims itself "El Campeón de los Hispanos”— and indeed it is “The Champion of the Hispanics,” thanks to its dedicated, hard-working staff. The NewsGuild of New York has represented the staff at El Diario for more than six decades, and we are committed to representing them for decades to come as the publication evolves. Lately, however, it has become clear that El Diario’s parent company, Impremedia, is neither the champion of its own publications, nor the communities they serve. 

Today, El Diario callously laid off nearly half of its editorial and sales staff—dealing a devastating blow to an already overstretched, demoralized newsroom. With these cuts, Impremedia will severely degrade the quality news coverage that hundreds of thousands of Spanish-speaking readers depend on nationwide. 

If Impremedia cannot maintain its commitment to the communities that it is supposed to serve, it should step aside and make room for ownership that will. El Diario has been an indispensable information source for New York City’s Spanish-speaking communities for over 102 years, and the Guild is committed to continuing that legacy.

We are currently meeting with community leaders and elected officials, all of whom are outraged at Impremedia’s news weakening move and deeply concerned about the impact  it will have on their constituents. Meanwhile, the Guild will pursue any and all legal remedies to protect our members’ rights, their livelihoods and the newspaper they love.

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