Daniel Křetínský will not sign a deal to grant editorial independence to journalists at the French newspaper Le Monde. The Financial Times reported today, citing sources close to Křetínský.
Křetínský disagrees with the terms of the proposed agreement, which he sees as “unreasonable from an economic point of view” and he is unlikely to sign it in its current form. “Le Monde’s editorial independence crisis deepens,” FT wrote.
The open letter said the deadline for signing the agreement would expire on Tuesday.
The journalists said the press is a target of “games of influence for industrialists” threatening Le Monde’s journalistic independence. The journalists and editors are demanding the right to approve the entry of major shareholders in the future.