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First Minister speaks out against media job cuts in Wales

Mark Drakeford says democracy needs a strong media

The First Minster has spoken out in defence of a strong media after job cuts were announced by a number of organisations with journalists in Wales.

Mark Drakeford said democracy needs a strong media to hold elected representatives to account:

“A democracy needs a strong media, not only to hold elected representatives to account, but to inform people about what their democratically-elected institutions are doing on their behalf.

“During the Coronavirus pandemic, the media in Wales have played a crucial role in doing just that.

“That’s why I am concerned several media groups have recently announced plans to cut jobs. Any further cuts to the media in Wales will be damaging to Welsh democracy.

“The Welsh Government urges those groups to rethink their plans.”

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